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Flawed Design Led to Failed HIV Study, Ida Susser Argues in Al Jazeera Op-Ed

The flawed research design of a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine represents a step backward in HIV prevention methods, Ida Susser (GC/Hunter, Anthropology) asserts in an Al Jazeera America op-ed.
Though previous studies have shown the effectiveness of anti-retrovirals (ARV) as a base for pills, topical gels, and barrier methods that both men and women can use, most of the southern African women who participated in the study didn’t use the tablets or gels, according to Susser.
“We desperately need methods women can more easily put into practice in difficult situations, especially those most at risk in southern Africa: women ages 15 to 22,” she writes.
Susser is the author of AIDS, Sex and Culture: Global Politics and Survival in Southern Africa and a founding member of Athena: Advancing Gender Equity and Human Rights in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS.

Submitted on: MAR 13, 2015

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