Social interventions

Social arrangements, institutions, laws, policies and customs can influence greatly the ability of individuals to engage in protective behaviours and to use biomedical technologies to avoid becoming infected with HIV. In recent years, increased attention has been paid to the possibilities of modifying social arrangements that affect HIV prevention. Whether they are called "social strategies" (2), "structural interventions" (124-127) or "environmental interventions" (125), efforts to create social conditions that facilitate health promotion and risk reduction have proven to be effective in a number of locales, although there are few examples of rigorously tested approaches.

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