The mixed blessing of anti-retroviral therapy

Sanderson, W.C. (2001). The mixed blessing of anti-retroviral therapy. AIDS Analysis Africa 12 (1) 12-13.

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Botswana is entering the medication phase in the battle with HIV/AIDS. Its government has planned to organize a program for providing HIV medication to all those who need it, commencing as soon as 2002. However, policymakers are concerned that the widespread medication programs are likely to reduce the effectiveness of educational efforts aimed to reduce risky behavior. In this regard, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis produced a population forecasting model to examine the effects of medication and of behavioral change. Results show that medication alone is not a solution to the country's HIV/AIDS problem. Programs that provide HIV medication have been noted to make behavioral change more difficult to achieve, resulting to fewer AIDS deaths in a short period and more AIDS deaths later. This is because of the competition that exists between education programs and educational programs in terms of resources. In addition, the competition possesses a psychological element in which probability of illness far in the future has less influence on behavior today than the outcomes close at hand. Thus, the solution for the HIV/AIDS epidemic lies on prevention programs that promote behavior change.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: AIDS Analysis Africa; 12(1):12-13 (June/July 2001)
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Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:13
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:37

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