Next Steps in Controlling HIV in Africa: Behavior, Biology, or Both?

The Johns Hopkins Population Center and the Population Reference Bureau are pleased to announce their annual symposium on population and health:

What: Next Steps in Controlling HIV in Africa: Behavior, Biology, or Both?

When: Thursday, May 1, 2008, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045 (Murrow, White, and Lisagor Rooms)

Rates of HIV/AIDS have begun to decline in some sub-Saharan African countries but remain a critical public health problem on the continent. To eliminate HIV globally, we must address its continued spread in this region. Despite recent setbacks, will vaccines or microbicides be effective weapons? And what role can other methods of prevention play, whether biological (such as male circumcision) or behavioral (such as condom use and abstinence)? Internationally recognized scholars Tom Coates and Ron Gray will present recent evidence about the effectiveness of behavioral and biological prevention strategies.

Speakers

Dr. Thomas Coates, Michael and Sue Steinberg Endowed Professor of Global AIDS, Research Division of Infectious Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles

Dr. Ronald Gray, William G. Robertson Jr. Professor of Reproductive Epidemiology, Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Discussant

Dr. Carl W. Dieffenbach, Director, Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Presider

Dr. Maria Wawer, Professor of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

CONTACT: Ellen Carnevale of the Population Reference Bureau, +1-202-939-5407, [email protected]

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- April 29/

SOURCE Population Reference Bureau

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