Good news in the fight against HIV. A new study found that the Avahan project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, helped to prevent over 100,000 HIV infections in India.

The Avahan project, which consists of needle exchanges, safe-sex counseling, condom distribution, and other interventions, was effective in six Indian states. The Gates foundation poured $258 million in funding, which surveyed participants between 2003 and 2008.

Although there is some debate about just how many HIV cases were averted by the Gates Foundation inicitive (because other prevention programs were already at work), researchers say one thing is clear: Investing in prevention programs is one of the best ways to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS prevention.

So, can the Gates Foundation replicate their success here in the states?

With so many Black women contracting the disease, it seems like a program that stresses prevention is a good way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Black community.


*photo courtesy of the Associated Press

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