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Using existing health care systems to respond to the AIDS epidemic: research and recommendations for Chile.


Int J Health Serv. 1997;27(1):177-99. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Chile is a country with a relatively low prevalence of HIV infection, where successful prevention has the potential to change the future course of the epidemic. A controversial national prevention strategy based upon public education has emerged in response to characterizations of the epidemic as well-dispersed with a growing involvement of heterosexuals. This characterization is not consistent with the observed facts. There is a comparatively well-organized health care system in Santiago that is doing a good job of detecting HIV infection and already has in place the elements of a targeted intervention scheme. Chile should place priority on the use of the existing health care infrastructure for implementing both the traditional public health interventions for sexually transmitted diseases (contact tracing and partner notification) and the AIDS-necessitated strategy of focused counseling and education.

*Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/PREVENTION & CONTROL *Communicable Disease Control/TRENDS *Delivery of Health Care/ORGANIZATION & ADMIN *Developing Countries *Disease Outbreaks/PREVENTION & CONTROL


Information in this article was accurate in July 30, 1997. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.