With December 1 marking another World AIDS Day, the November/December 2009 issue of Health Affairs focuses on the economic, political, scientific and ethical challenges facing world policymakers in their response to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.

Also available from Health Affairs are six free policy briefs on HIV/AIDS. The briefs discuss policy recommendations concerning prevention, funding, research, and other key HIV/AIDS-related topics. Finally, video and speaker presentations from a November 10 Health Affairs briefing on HIV/AIDS are available on the journal’s Web site.

The HIV/AIDS articles in the November-December issue of the journal, the policy briefs, and the Nov. 10 briefing were all funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Over the next several years, the world could face a funding shortfall that would prevent millions more with HIV/AIDS from gaining access to antiretroviral drugs. Yet over the long-term, the world could also take critical steps to slash the global burden of HIV-AIDS – and the costs of battling the pandemic – by half.

In the November-December issue, Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and coauthor discuss the robust research agenda needed to meet the challenge of HIV/AIDS.  In another article in the issue, Robert Hecht, Principal and Managing Director, Results for Development, and coauthors discuss spending needs in developing countries – which could reach $35 billion annually by 2031 – and how to bridge the funding gap.

Fauci and Hecht were among the participants in the November 10 briefing in Washington D.C., titled “Meeting HIV/AIDS Cost Demands: Is The Global Response Working?

Free Policy Briefs on HIV/AIDS

The six Health Affairs policy briefs on HIV/AIDS were prepared in connection with the November/December issue. The briefs include: