Emerging Issues in Today's HIV Response Debate Series

Debate Four: Concurrent Sexual Partnerships

The fourth debate in the USAID and World Bank-sponsored Emerging Issues in Today's HIV Response Debate Series featured expert panelists arguing for and against the proposition: "Concurrent sexual partnerships have been and remain a key driver of HIV epidemics in southern and eastern Africa, and interventions to this effect should receive the majority of prevention resources."

The debate was moderated by Karl W. Hofmann, President and CEO of Population Services International. Three panelists sat on each side of the debate. Defending the proposition were Daniel Halperin, Lecturer on International Health, Department of Global Health and Population Harvard School of Public Health; Martina Morris, Professor of Statistics and Sociology University of Washington and Director, Socio-Behavioral and Prevention Research Core, UW Center for AIDS Research; and James Shelton, Science Advisor, Bureau for Global Health, USAID. In opposition to the proposition were Geoffrey Garnett, Professor of Micro Parasite Epidemiology at Imperial College London; Mark Lurie, Assistant Professor of Medical Science, Department of Community Health, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University; and Eileen Stillwaggon, Professor of Economics and Harold G. Evans-Eisenhower Professor, Gettysburg College.

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