Welcome to our fourth issue of the research digest. The digest offers article abstracts from peer-reviewed literature related to HIV and AIDS in southern Africa and is designed to keep you in touch with the rapidly expanding evidence base pertaining to HIV in the region.
BACKGROUND: In HIV treatment program, gaps in the "cascade of care" where patients are lost between diagnosis, laboratory evaluation, treatment initiation, and retention in HIV care, is a well-described challenge.
In the early stages of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation, two key elements to a successful program have emerged: implementation science to inform rollout and demand creation strategies to promote the product. The pre-conference session ‘Insight to Impact: Driving Demand Creation for HIV Prevention’, organized by the OPTIONS Consortium explored the intersections of public health science and marketing and communications to understand how to drive demand for HIV prevention.