We just can't wait five years to see if the AIDS response is on track. We need ambitious, yet feasible, short-term targets and strategies to be just as well-defined, and just as rigorous, as the longer-term goals that UNAIDS has worked to advance.
Although microbicide products are not yet available, preparing ourselves sooner rather than later will give us a head start. We know that making microbicides widely available for HIV prevention, both globally and in local contexts, will require a comprehensive approach.
Women and girls have been at the center of the HIV prevention research agenda for more than a decade. Women account for half of new HIV infections worldwide, in part because there are too few prevention options that they can control.
Winning the fight to empower women will require all of us with an interest in global health and development to bring adequate resources, smart and coordinated strategies, and our total commitment to HIV-prevention.