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"Evidence-Based Behavior Change HIV Prevention
Approaches for Sub-Saharan Africa" 

Daniel Halperin

Presentation at Harvard University Program on AIDS Seminar Series

January 17, 2007 

Please follow the two links below to view video of this seminar. You will need to download RealPlayer to view these files. (Download from

Lecture (RealPlayer file)

Discussion (RealPlayer file)

PDF files of Powerpoint slides:

Part 1: Epidemiological Evidence I [1.2 MB] 

Part 2: Epidemiological Evidence II [0.9 MB]

Part 3: HIV Prevention Evidence [1.8 MB] 

Part 4 (coda): 2005/06 Behavior Change Communication Efforts in Swaziland [1.2 MB]

For context on this talk please also review the articles below. (Note that most of these documents are linked to external websites, which may change links over time. Additional searching may be required. Registration may be required for several of the links listed.)

For a list of the publications of Daniel Halperin please click here to go to our publications page.

Potts M, Halperin DT, Kirby D, et al.  Reassessing HIV prevention. Science 2008; 320: 749-50.

Daniel T. Halperin and Helen Epstein. Why is HIV prevalence so severe in southern Africa ? The role of multiple concurrent partnerships and lack of male circumcision. Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine 2007; 26: 19-25.

Mah T, Halperin DT. Concurrent sexual partnerships and the HIV epidemic in Africa: The evidence to move forward. AIDS and Behavior 2008, DOI 10.1007/s10461-008-9433-x.

Wilson D, Halperin DT. "Know your epidemic, know your response": A useful approach - if we get it right. Lancet 2008, 372:423-26. [free registration at required to access this and other Lancet articles below]

Halperin DT. Combination HIV prevention must be based on evidence. Lancet 2009; 373(9663): 544-5.

Edward C. Green, Daniel T. Halperin, Vinand Nantulya, and Janice A. Hogle. Uganda’s HIV Prevention Success: The Role of Sexual Behavior Change and the National Response. AIDS and Behavior 2006; Volume 10, Number 4: 347-350.

Halperin DT, Steiner M, Cassell M, Green EC, Hearst N, Kirby D, Gayle H, Cates W, et al. [149 signers in total].  The time has come for common ground on preventing sexual transmission of HIV. The Lancet 2004; 364: 1913-15.

Shelton, James D. Ten myths and one truth about generalised HIV epidemics. The Lancet 2007; 370: 1809-1811.

Shelton JD, Halperin DT, Wilson D. Has global HIV incidence peaked? Lancet 2006; 367: 1120-1122.

David Wilson. Partner reduction and the prevention of HIV/AIDS: the most effective strategies come from communities. British Medical Journal 2004; 328: 848-49.

Daniel Halperin. Putting a Plague in Perspective. The New York Times, 1/1/08.

Daniel Halperin. AIDS Prevention: What Works? The Washington Post, 10/22/07.

Michael M. Cassell, Daniel T. Halperin, James D. Shelton and David Stanton. Risk compensation: the Achilles' heel of innovations in HIV prevention? British Medical Journal 2006; 332; 605-607.

Shelton JD, Halperin DT, Nantulya V, Potts M, Gayle HD, Holmes KK. Partner reduction is crucial for balanced "ABC" approach to HIV prevention. British Medical Journal 2004; 328: 891-94.

James D. Shelton, Michael M. Cassell and Jacob Adetunji. Is poverty or wealth at the root of HIV? The Lancet 2005; 366:1057-1058.

Halperin DT, de Moya A, Perez-Then E, Pappas G, Garcia Calleja JM. Understanding the HIV epidemic in the Dominican Republic: A prevention success story in the Caribbean? Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome 2009; 51(6): S52-59.

Daniel T. Halperin.  The controversy over fear arousal in AIDS prevention and lessons from Uganda . Journal of Health Communication 2006; 11: 266-67.

Halperin DT, Wamai RG, Weiss HA, Hankins C, Agot K, Abdool Karim Q, Shisana O, Otolorin EO, Kapiga S, Serwadda DM, Sanchez J, Pape JW, Mabuza K, Bowa K, Kebaabetswe P, Wilson D, Simelane D, Morris B, Sawires Phiri M, Setswe G, Sewankambo N, Heywood M, Woelk G, Ntaganira I, Cates W, Rees H, Diallo MO, Makhubele MB, Leclerc-Madlala S, Jackson H, Dludlu S, Kalambayi Kayembe P, Nyamucherera OF, Bongaarts J, Geffen N, Heywood M, Ncala J, Betukumesu B, Kintaudi L, Salang Seloilwe, Zungu N, Ruiz M, Venter F, Micheni K, de Moya EA, Cash R, Bailey RC. Male circumcision is an efficacious, lasting and cost-effective strategy for combating HIV in high-prevalence AIDS epidemics: Time to move beyond debating the science. Future HIV Therapy 2008, 2(5): 399-405.

Stover J, Fuchs N, Halperin D, Gibbons A, Gillespie D. Costs and Benefits of Providing Family Planning Services at PMTCT and VCT Sites. USAID, Office of HIV-AIDS Issues Brief, 2003.

Shelton , James D. Confessions of a condom lover. The Lancet 2006; 368: 1947-1949. [free registration required to view article]

Southern African Development Community. Expert Think Tank Meeting on HIV Prevention in High-Prevalence Countries in Southern Africa (Report), Maseru , Lesotho , May 10-12, 2006.

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