The APRP was an affiliate of Harvard University from August 2007 through April 2010 under a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. All content is archived as of June 1, 2010.


APRP Research (archived April 2010)  

The work of APRP involved evidence-based research on the impact of behavioral approaches in reducing the transmission of HIV worldwide, as well as research on behavioral factors that place people at risk of HIV. The APRP focused on research of HIV prevention approaches that:

1. Are behavioral, not primarily technological or biomedical in nature;

2. Are appropriate to the type of HIV epidemic (i.e. generalized or concentrated);
3. Learn from and build upon indigenous knowledge and local culture;
4. Recognize the role of community values, including spiritual and religious beliefs, in influencing behavior;
5. Are cost-effective, feasible and sustainable;
6. In general seek to avoid risk, rather than mainly to reduce the risk of inherently risky behaviors;
7. Are innovative and seek creative solutions that extend beyond the standard or heretofore most common approaches in prevention; 
8. Account for the role of gender in sexual risk and behaviors.

Research areas included:

Multiple concurrent partnerships among urban young adults in South Africa

Past and current behavioral change approaches in Uganda

Community-based HIV prevention, including the contribution of community and faith-based organizations and traditional healers

The potential of male circumcision and partner reduction to reduce HIV transmission

Factors that place youth and women at risk, and HIV risk within marriage

For presentations by APRP researchers, click the following links
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New Evidence Guiding How We Conduct AIDS Prevention [1633 KB] (Dr. Edward C. Green) Presented January 2008


Evidence-Based Behavior Change HIV Prevention Approaches for Sub-Saharan Africa (Dr. Daniel Halperin) Presented September 2008


Dangerous Liaisons: Concurrent Sexual Partnerships and the South African HIV/AIDS Epidemic [522 KB] (Timothy Mah) Presented May 2008


HIV Risk and Marriage in Africa [243 KB] (Allison Herling Ruark) Presented May 2008 

This is an archived website as of June 1, 2010