The Forum: Treatment As Prevention

The Forum Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
From left: Kenneth Mayer, Shahin Lockman, Max Essex and moderator Carol Hills, Senior Producer and Reporter PRI’s The World

Can We Treat Our Way Out of the AIDS Epidemic?

With no cure or vaccine in sight, HIV/AIDS remains a devastating epidemic, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where nearly 70% of new HIV infections occur. To curb HIV/AIDS, researchers have proposed a strategy to use drug treatment to decrease new transmissions so much that the epidemic eventually dies out. The concept requires changes in standards of when anti-retroviral therapy begins and who receives it. Could “treatment as prevention” prove to be the strategy to finally end the AIDS epidemic?


Dr. Max Essex, Harvard AIDS Initiative
Dr. Kenneth Mayer, The Fenway Institute
Dr. Mark Wainberg, McGill AIDS Centre
Dr. Shahin Lockman, Harvard AIDS Initiative

World AIDS Day
Monday, December 1 – 12:30-1:30pm

To watch the video of the panel debate click on the image above or here