Dr. Daniel T. Halperin

Senior Research Scientist, Harvard AIDS Prevention Research Project
Lecturer on International Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Daniel T. Halperin CV

Selected presentations by Daniel T. Halperin

Selected publications by Daniel T. Halperin

Harvard School of Public Health faculty profile

Prior to joining the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Halperin served for over five years as the Senior HIV Prevention and Behavior Change Advisor at the US Agency for International Development. Dr. Halperin has conducted epidemiological and ethnographic research for over thirty years on a number of health and sociocultural issues in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions. Since completing his doctoral training in cultural/medical anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1995, his work has mainly focused on the heterosexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. He has had extensive involvement in the design, management and evaluation of prevention, care and other HIV-AIDS programs, and continues to be actively engaged in collaborative endeavors with UNAIDS, WHO, CDC, UNICEF, Gates Foundation and other international partners in developing and disseminating policy-setting technical consultations, guidance documents, etc.

Most of Dr. Halperin’s research and scientific publications (including in leading journals such as The Lancet, British Medical Journal, AIDS, and Science) have dealt with some of the previously more neglected HIV co-factors, such as concurrent sexual partner networks, lack of male circumcision, “dry sex” practices, alcohol use, and heterosexual anal intercourse. He has conducted field research and consultations over the years in a number of countries, including Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru and in various inner-city U.S. communities, and has an extensive background working with at-risk youth, particularly socially disadvantaged young men.

Selected presentations by Daniel T. Halperin

Evidence-Based Behavior Change HIV Prevention Approaches for Sub-Saharan Africa

Part 1: Epidemiological Evidence I [1195 KB]
Part 2: Epidemiological Evidence II [918 KB]
Part 3: HIV Prevention Evidence [1801 KB]
Part 4 (coda): 2005/06 Behavior Change Communication Efforts in Swaziland [1185 KB]

Presentation at the Harvard University Program on AIDS (HUPA) Seminar Series, 17 Jan 2007
(click here to view a video of the talk, PPT presentation, and background materials)
Selected publications by Daniel T. Halperin

Potts M, Halperin DT, Kirby D, et al. Reassessing HIV prevention. Science 2008; 320: 749-50. [click here to access article] [click here to read a Google News online comment from the authors]


De Lay P. Tailoring AIDS prevention. Science 2008, 321 (5896): 1631. [click here to access]

Prince AM. HIV Testing for whole populations. Science 2008, 321 (5896): 1631. [click here to access]

Halperin DT, Potts M, Kirby D, Klausner J, Wamai R, Swidler A, Marseille A, Walsh J, Hearst N. Response to DeLay and Prince. Science 2008, 321 (5896): 1632-4. [click here to access both Prince and Halperin, et al.]

Kirby D, Halperin DT. Success in Uganda: an analysis of behavior changes that led to declines in HIV prevalence in the early 1990s. ETR Associates, 2008. [click here to access this report as well as other reports in the "Success in Uganda" series]

Wilson D, Halperin DT. “Know your epidemic, know your response”: A useful approach – if we get it right. Lancet, 2008, 372:423-26. [free registration at www.thelancet.com required to access]

Halperin DT. Combination HIV prevention must be based on evidence. The Lancet 2009; 373(9663): 544-5.

Mah T, Halperin DT. Concurrent sexual partnerships and the HIV epidemic in Africa: The evidence to move forward. AIDS and Behavior 2008, DOI 10.1007/s10461-008-9433-x.

Halperin DT, Wamai RG, Weiss HA, Hankins C, Agot K, Abdool Karim Q, Shisana O, Otolorin EO, Kapiga S, Serwadda DM, Sanchez J, Pape JW, Mabuza K, Bowa K, Kebaabetswe P, Wilson D, Simelane D, Morris B, Sawires Phiri M, Setswe G, Sewankambo N, Heywood M, Woelk G, Ntaganira I, Cates W, Rees H, Diallo MO, Makhubele MB, Leclerc-Madlala S, Jackson H, Dludlu S, Kalambayi Kayembe P, Nyamucherera OF, Bongaarts J, Geffen N, Heywood M, Ncala J, Betukumesu B, Kintaudi L, Salang Seloilwe, Zungu N, Ruiz M, Venter F, Micheni K, de Moya EA, Cash R, Bailey RC. Male circumcision is an efficacious, lasting and cost-effective strategy for combating HIV in high-prevalence AIDS epidemics: Time to move beyond debating the science. Future HIV Therapy, 2(5): 399-405.

Weiss HA, Halperin D, Bailey RC, Hayes RJ, Schmid G, Hankins CA. Male circumcision for HIV prevention: from evidence to action? AIDS 2008; 22: 567-574. [can be accessed for a fee at www.aidsonline.com]

Klausner JD, Wamai RG, Bowa K, Agot K, Kagimba J, Halperin D. Is male circumcision as good as the HIV vaccine we’ve been waiting for? (Editorial). Future Medicine 2008; 2(1): 1-7.

Halperin D. Letter: HIV Prevention. Washington Times, 12 June 2008.

Daniel T. Halperin and Helen Epstein. Why is HIV prevalence so severe in southern Africa? The role of multiple concurrent partnerships and lack of male circumcision. Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine 2007; 26: 19-25.

Edward C. Green, Daniel T. Halperin, Vinand Nantulya, and Janice A. Hogle. Uganda’s HIV Prevention Success: The Role of Sexual Behavior Change and the National Response. AIDS and Behavior 2006; Volume 10, Number 4: 347-350.

Shelton JD, Halperin DT, Wilson D. Has global HIV incidence peaked? Lancet 2006; 367: 1120-1122. [free registration at www.thelancet.com required to access]

Halperin DT, Steiner M, Cassell M, Green EC, Hearst N, Kirby D, Gayle H, Cates W, et al. [149 signers in total]. The time has come for common ground on preventing sexual transmission of HIV. The Lancet 2004; 364: 1913-15. [free registration at www.thelancet.com required to access]

Daniel Halperin. Putting a Plague in Perspective. The New York Times, 1/1/08.

Daniel Halperin. AIDS Prevention: What Works? The Washington Post, 10/22/07.

Michael M. Cassell, Daniel T. Halperin, James D. Shelton and David Stanton. Risk compensation: the Achilles’ heel of innovations in HIV prevention? British Medical Journal 2006; 332; 605-607.

Shelton JD, Halperin DT, Nantulya V, Potts M, Gayle HD, Holmes KK. Partner reduction is crucial for balanced “ABC” approach to HIV prevention. British Medical Journal 2004; 328: 891-94.

Daniel T. Halperin. The controversy over fear arousal in AIDS prevention and lessons from Uganda. Journal of Health Communication 2006; 11: 266-67.

Stover J, Fuchs N, Halperin D, Gibbons A, Gillespie D. Costs and Benefits of Providing Family Planning Services at PMTCT and VCT Sites. USAID, Office of HIV-AIDS Issues Brief, 2003.