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September 27, 2000

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U.S. efforts to thwart the spread of HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS -- have slowed the rapid growth of the epidemic, but the number of new infections remains unacceptably high. A national strategy focused on better tracking of HIV infections, coupled with funding the most cost-effective prevention programs, could significantly cut new infections, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. Other key needs include making HIV prevention services for at-risk and infected individuals routine in all clinical settings and abolishing laws and policies that block the use of proven prevention strategies.

Harvey V. Fineberg, Provost, Harvard University. James Trussell, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs; Faculty Associate, Office of Population Research; and Associate Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.