From studying the basic science of HIV to evaluating effective prevention strategies, the Population Council addresses the entire biological and behavioral continuum of the virus—from “bench to bedside.” The Council understands that even the most effective HIV prevention technology is dependent on adherence and access, so it focuses equally on developing new technologies, generating evidence on behavioral and structural factors, and reaching marginalized populations. The Council is committed to identifying the most effective, safe, and affordable methods for delivering HIV prevention technologies and programs that are free from stigma and discrimination.
Building on a long history of the successful introduction of new contraceptive technologies, the Council is engaged in research and policy dialogue for introducing new technologies, such as male circumcision, and scaling up existing, under-used technologies, such as female condoms and appropriate lubricants for use with male condoms. The Council is involved with a variety of policy, program, and research agendas to increase funding and programs for female-initiated prevention products. Council researchers also continue to build the knowledge base for implementing effective interventions by evaluating programs focused on prevention of mother-to-child transmission, injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and vulnerable adolescent girls.