(May 2008) The Johns Hopkins Population Center and the Population Reference Bureau sponsored their second annual symposium on population and health on May 2, 2008, in Washington, DC.

Rates of HIV/AIDS have begun to decline in some sub-Saharan African countries but remain a critical public health problem on the continent. To eliminate HIV globally, we must address its continued spread in this region. Despite recent setbacks, will vaccines or microbicides be effective weapons? And what role can other methods of prevention play, whether biological (such as male circumcision) or behavioral (such as condom use and abstinence)?

At the symposium, "Next Steps in Controlling HIV in Africa: Behavior, Biology, or Both?," internationally recognized scholars Dr. Thomas Coates and Dr. Ronald Gray presented evidence about the effectiveness of behavioral and biological prevention strategies.

  • Download presentation by Dr. Thomas Coates, "HIV Prevention: What Do We Do Next?" (PPT: 1.96MB)
  • Download presentation by Dr. Ronald Gray, "Biomedical Interventions to Prevent HIV Infection" (PDF: 252KB)

Dr. Thomas Coates is the Michael and Sue Steinberg Endowed Professor of Global AIDS, Research Division of Infectious Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Ronald Gray is William G. Robertson Jr. Professor of Reproductive Epidemiology, Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

The discussant was Dr. Carl W. Dieffenbach, director, Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The presider was Dr. Maria Wawer, professor of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

A webcast of this symposium will be posted by May 15 on this website.