Today, there are new reasons for a sharper focus on prevention for people living with HIV. Growing numbers of people with the disease are living more healthy, sexual lives. Recent evidence suggests that risk taking among both HIV-positive and negative people is increasing. After nearly two decades of life in the shadow of AIDS, communities are growing weary of traditional prevention messages and many people are openly grappling with difficult questions of intimacy and sex. Increasingly, people living with HIV also face multiple complex economic and substance abuse challenges that complicate prevention efforts.
There is an urgent need -- and sufficient expertise -- to move forward with prevention campaigns focused on helping people living with HIV and AIDS avoid passing their infection along to others. Numerous innovative interventions for people with HIV show promise, including:
- a social marketing campaign for gay men and a five-session group intervention for women living with HIV in Massachusetts,
- a chat line for positives and a group session program for Latinas/Latinos in Los Angeles,
- Internet chat room interventions in Atlanta,
- a group session for gay Asian American-Pacific Islander Americans living with HIV in San Francisco, and
- Prevention Case Management programs newly funded by the Centers for Disease Control.