How can we stem the tide of the HIV epidemic? The impressive scale up of international spending on HIV treatment has led to significant declines in morbidity and mortality from HIV/AIDS. However, as these impressive gains have gone unmatched by corresponding decreases in the incidence of new cases of HIV, the number of people on treatment threatens to explode. In order to combat the burden HIV/AIDS places on developing countries, great steps must be taken in order to make prevention the forefront of the global HIV/AIDS strategy.
On June 8, 2010, Center for Global Development hosted a seminar on Making HIV Prevention Work (Really): An Incentive-based approach, with a specific focus on couples' voluntary counseling and testing. Drawing from his recent essay, CGD senior fellow Mead Over discussed how to incentivize prevention opportunities. Susan Allen, Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University and Ambassador Gordon Streeb, Visiting Professor of Economics, Emory University, presented in detail the effectiveness and costs of one of the most promising prevention interventions, voluntary counseling and testing for couples. Nandini Oomman, Director, HIV/AIDS Monitor, and Senior Program Associate, Center for Global Development, moderated the conversation.