Botswana study shows effectiveness of combination HIV prevention approach

The Ya Tsie Botswana Prevention Project, a randomized study in rural and semi-urban communities, found that a package of interventions, including expanded HIV testing, linkage to care, earlier treatment and voluntary male circumcision, led to 30% reduction in HIV incidence. The study compared outcomes over 30 months from 15 communities receiving the interventions and 15 communities receiving the standard of care.

Moeketsi Joseph Makhema of the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership presented the findings, noting that they provided strong real-world evidence for the efficacy of this approach in settings with high HIV prevalence and relatively high HIV treatment coverage, such as Botswana. [Summary based on submitted abstract; updated data may be presented on site.]

Abstract: Impact of prevention and treatment interventions on population HIV incidence: Primary
results of the community-randomized Ya Tsie Botswana prevention project

Session: AIDS 2018 Co-chairs' Choice (Hall 12, Wednesday 25 July, 11:00-12:30)