Emerging Issues in Today's HIV Response Debate Series

Debate Three: Discordant Couples and HIV Transmission


The third 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: “Intra couple HIV transmission between couples in long term stable partnerships drive a majority of HIV transmission and should receive the majority of HIV prevention funding.”

The debate was moderated by Karl W. Hofmann, President and CEO of Population Services International. Supporting the proposition were Dr. Susan A. Allen, Director of the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the School of Medicine and at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and Dr. Ronald Gray, Roberston Professor of Reproductive Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Co-principal Investigator of the Rakai Health Sciences Program in Uganda. Arguing against the proposition were Dr. Daniel Halperin, Lecturer on Global Health at Harvard University School of Public Health, and Dr. Elizabeth Marum, Regional HIV Prevention Counselor for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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