Today's Washington Post highlights several AIDS prevention programs in Africa which are using the ABC approach without much success. Programs in both Botswana and Kenya failed to change participants' behavior while another program in Nigeria increased condom use but not fidelity or abstinence rates. The lack of results would make you think that funders would be hesitant to expand ABC programs, wouldn't it? Unfortunately, the opposite may be true.
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It's both energizing and exhausting to be at this largest ever AIDS Conference in Toronto. With 25,000+ delegates and an impressive line-up of global, national and community leaders attending this conference, the message is very clear: it isn't just time to deliver, but rather it is Time to Deliver NOW! With 25 years behind us, billions of dollars spent, millions of deaths and millions more being infected there is no time and money to waste.
That was the question at the International AIDS Conference session on "HIV Testing the Era of Treatment Scale Up." As ARVs become more widely available, more people need to take HIV tests to get started in treatment programs. But should Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) be replaced by "Routine Offer" or "Routine Testing" programs? Routine Offer refers to testing programs where all clinic visitors, or those meeting certain risk guidelines, are offered a test.