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Halkitis Calls for Paradigm Shift in HIV Prevention Among Young Gay Men

In an opinion artice in a recent issue of the New York Blade, Perry Halkitis, professor of applied psychology and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU Steinhardt, called for a paradigm shift in the way HIV prevention strategies are designed for younger gay men. In September 2007, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygeine issued a report that indicated a surge in HIV infections among gay men under the age of 30.

"We need a paradigm shift, in the manner with which we conduct HIV prevention work," he wrote. "Too often we rely on the tired slogans of the past to advocate for safe sex. But these models no longer work for a generation bombarded with conflicting messages. We need more sophisticated public health campaigns that address safe sex and condom use to which the new generation can relate."