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Current ideas about HIV prevention include a mixture of primarily biomedical interventions, socio-mechanical interventions such as sterile syringe and condom distribution, and behavioral interventions. This article presents a framework for socially-integrated transdisciplinary HIV prevention that may improve current prevention efforts. It first describes one socially-integrated transdisciplinary intervention project, the Transmission Reduction Intervention Project. We focus on how social aspects of the intervention integrate its component parts across disciplines and processes at different levels of analysis. We then present socially-integrated perspectives about how to improve combination antiretroviral treatment (cART) processes at the population level in order to solve the problems of the treatment cascade and make "treatment as prevention" more effective. Finally, we discuss some remaining problems and issues in such a social transdisciplinary intervention in the hope that other researchers and public health agents will develop additional socially-integrated interventions for HIV and other diseases.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s10461-013-0643-5

Type

Journal article

Journal

AIDS Behav

Publication Date

10/2014

Volume

18

Pages

1821 - 1834

Keywords

Condoms, HIV Infections, Health Education, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Healthcare Disparities, Humans, Interdisciplinary Communication, Phylogeny, Program Evaluation, Public Health, Quality Improvement, Quality of Health Care, Risk Reduction Behavior, Risk-Taking, Time Factors, Viral Load