Summary:In response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, many governments and nongovernmental organizations have supported numerous HIV prevention intervention studies in both the United States and in other countries. To understand which intervention approaches have worked outside the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the scope of its HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) project to include non-U.S.-based studies. We describe briefly the PRS experience with the challenges of acquiring and reviewing those studies, and some of the specialized efforts to find them. The ultimate goals of the PRS project related to international prevention research are to include all available reports of non-U.S.-based studies in the PRS database and to provide comprehensive reviews of those studies. The findings of the reviews would not only highlight common themes of effectiveness or research gaps in the international arena but could also be useful for improving prevention research and programs in the United States.
This work was supported by the Behavioral Intervention Research Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
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