The continuing public health threat of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) presents extraordinary challenges in regards to preventing the spread of HIV. Important to remember, HIV is an equal opportunity virus, a virus void of immunity regardless of age, ethnicity, sex, religion or sexual orientation. Admittedly, men who have sex with men (MSM) bear a disproportionate burden; however, HIV transcends the border of sexuality. The latter is evident by the fact it has infiltrated every corner of the globe infecting young, old, gay, and straight populations. Notably, HIV is the virus of risk; thus, the term risk is the uniting common denominator making HIV an equal opportunity virus. When placed in this context, it’s easy to understand the reason interventions cannot take a one size fits all approach. Hence the challenge facing public health professionals in the development of effective and audience specific intervention programs. The purpose of this paper is to examine the successful intervention program named Act Against AIDS (AAA).
National Prevention Program
The AAA program results from the collaborative efforts of the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House to combat complacency about HIV and AIDS in the United States” (CDC, 2016, para. 1). A central tenet of the AAA campaign is to advance the goals of the National HIV/AIDS strategy to include:
1. “Reduce new infections
2. Increase access to care and improved health outcomes for people living…