Monday 15 October, 4–5 pm
Keeping the promise: behavioral interventions to enhance HIV treatment as prevention
Prof Seth Kalichman, University of Connecticut, US
Location: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Conference Room
Room 310, Level 3, Morven Brown Building. Map reference C20.
Parking/taxi drop off: UNSW—Gate 8, High St, Kensington. The parking station at Gate 11, Botany Street, is recommended as there is limited parking available at Gate 8.
HIV prevention relies on integrating biomedical technologies with behavior change strategies. The most established biomedical technologies to avert HIV infection are sterile syringes, antibody tests, and condoms. Biomedical technologies have always been most effective when delivered through effective behavioral interventions. Today the focus of HIV prevention is on using antiretroviral therapies (ART) to reduce HIV infectiousness. This strategy demands adherence to treatment and remaining free of sexually transmitted co-infections. Scaling-up ART as
prevention therefore requires nesting treatment within behavioral interventions. Recent research has shown promising outcomes from behavioral interventions designed to bolster treatment as prevention. These behavioral interventions maximize adherence, reduce risk compensation, and prevent sexually transmitted co-infections. Failure to deliver treatment within a behavioral framework will likely result in another biomedical technology falling short of it’s potential.
Professor Kalichman is dedicated to the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS and the care of those affected by the HIV epidemic. His research is focused in the southern United States and South Africa. He is a clinical community psychologist and professor of social psychology at the University of Connecticut, who researches HIV/AIDS prevention and care. He was previously on the faculties of Loyola University of Chicago, Georgia State University, and the Medical College of Wisconsin where he worked under the direction of Jeffrey A. Kelly to help establish
the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR). He is currently the director of the Southeast HIV and AIDS Research and Evaluation (SHARE) Project, a research program within the AIDS Survival Project in Atlanta, Georgia. His research in South Africa is in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council. Professor Kalichman's work has been continuously and exclusively funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1992. He serves on NIH grant review panels, has over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has authored and edited five books in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and care
services, including Positive Prevention, recently published by Springer. He is also the current editor of the bimonthly journal AIDS and Behavior. Professor Kalichman was the recipient of the 1997 Early Career Award in Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association and the 2005 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for Behavioral Medicine.