Edward Mills of the University of Ottawa, Canada and colleagues argue in this week's PLoS Medicine that the HIV/AIDS response in Africa needs a more balanced approach to gender, so that both men and women are involved in HIV treatment and prevention. Traditionally, targeted efforts at reducing the impact of the HIV epidemic have focused on women and children while men have received considerably less attention.
The authors say: "The epidemiological evidence is accumulating, and indicates that males in sub-Saharan Africa are not accessing HIV services as often as their female counterparts, and as a result, men have worse outcomes of care, including mortality... Programmatic efforts should account for this disparity."
Funding: No specific funding was received for writing this article.
Competing Interests: CB is a member of the PLoS Medicine Editorial Board. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Citation: Mills EJ, Beyrer C, Birungi J, Dybul MR (2012) Engaging Men in Prevention and Care for HIV/AIDS in Africa. PLoS Med 9(2): e1001167. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001167
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