Although preventative measures to eradicate disease and reduce the incidence of chronic conditions have been provided as advice from physicians and informational material in the past, few studies have been performed to see the efficacy of the outcomes. As preventative medicine takes a new priority in the wake of healthcare reform, it is imperative to formulate a framework that addresses the continued increase of HIV and AIDS in the population.
Healthcare Professionals are Accountable for HIV Prevention
Physicians and allied health professionals are now charged with planning and implementing effective guidelines that include targeting the susceptible demographic, developing preventative measures, implementing the program and testing the outcomes. Early detection for HIV campaigns and public awareness of the transmission of AIDS is imperative to reduce the estimated five million new cases seen each year.
Identify the Effective Control Measures for HIV
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, early detection for HIV programs lack rigorous evaluations for outcomes through evidence based research. Public health has attempted to collect data from control measures related to safe sex practices, self-reporting the disease to prospective partners and medication compliance; but has not had the funding to provide large studies of statistical value. With lack of data, it is not apparent how successful HIV and AIDS prevention measures currently in progress have been.
Without well-defined outcomes for preventative measures such as early detection for HIV compliance, policies cannot be defined for legislation or best practices. Preventative measures must be studied and developed for a culturally sensitive and diverse population to avoid stigma and discrimination. This contextual data is vital to address the micro-environments where HIV occurs and provide effective measures to prevent the increase in all populations.
Health Education and Reform
As health prevention takes a much higher priority in health policies, new frameworks must be developed for testing control measures to eradicate or reduce disease incidence. Current outcomes for control measures must be tested and revised for efficiency and best outcomes. Public awareness through education is vital to reduce the incidence of HIV and AIDS .
Center for Disease Control: HIV AIDS
The Mayo Clinic: HIV/AIDS Symptoms