Addressing the structural drivers of HIV: a luxury or necessity for programmes?

Janet Seeley, Charlotte H. Watts, Susan Kippax, Steve Russell, Lori Heise, Alan Whiteside

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The social, economic, political and environmental structural factors that increase susceptibility to HIV infection and undermine prevention and treatment efforts continue to pose a challenge. The papers in this series highlight the importance of sustaining those efforts to address the structural drivers of the HIV epidemic, and that initiatives to achieve HIV elimination will only come about through a comprehensive HIV response, that includes meaningful responses to the social, political, economic and environmental factors that affect HIV risk and vulnerability. In the context of declining resources for HIV/AIDS, the papers speak to the need to integrate responses to the structural drivers of HIV/AIDS into future HIV investments, with both initiatives to integrate HIV into broader gender and development initiatives, as well as adaptations of current service models, to ensure that they are sensitive to and able to respond to the broader economic and social responsibilities that their clients face.
Original languageEnglish
Article number17397
JournalJournal of the International AIDS Society
Issue numberSuppl 1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventStructural Drivers of HIV - UEA, Norwich, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 20119 Sep 2011


  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • HIV Infections
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors

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