We are now in the second decade of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. As of October 31, 1995, a total of 311,381 U.S. citizens had t died from AIDS, another 189,929 had been diagnosed with AIDS (1), and it is estimated that nearly l million persons are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS (CDC). Despite the best efforts of biomedical researchers, we still have neither a cure nor a vaccine to prevent this deadly disease. Yet AIDS is a preventable disease; AIDS is first and foremost a consequence of behavior. It is not who you are, but what you do that determines whether or not you expose yourself to HIV. As Kelly, et al. (2), have pointed out, the task confronting the behavioral sciences in HIV prevention is to develop theory-based intervention programs to reduce risky, and increase healthy, behaviors. This special issue focuses upon methodological issues associated with the development, implementation, and evaluation of such theory based behavior change interventions (3).
Immune System Diseases | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Virus Diseases
Behavioral Science and Public Health: A Necessary Partnership for HIV Prevention.
Public Health Reports, 111(Supplement),