We seek to end the world’s largest HIV epidemic. We will scale up evidence-based behavioral interventions to increase uptake of HIV prevention and treatment services by a high-risk generation of 15-34 year-olds in South Africa. Major scientific breakthroughs in recent years have finally made it possible to imagine a world without HIV/AIDS. Highly effective, life-saving prevention and treatment services are widely available, but their success in reducing new HIV infections is hindered by the “last mile” challenge of human behavior: about 50% of individuals do not consistently use available HIV services. Proven, low-cost behavioral interventions to close this gap already exist but are not being implemented at scale. Our academic-public-private sector partnership will embed these interventions inside innovative service delivery models to durably increase HIV service coverage for the hardest-to-reach individuals. With strategic action now, we can end HIV in South Africa and create a pathway for global epidemic control.
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