PrEP Found to Reduce HIV Transmission by 86%


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Gay men who take a daily dose of Truvada as part of a PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) treatment program.  

A new UK study released this month claims 86% are less likely to contract HIV.

PrEP involves HIV-negative people taking a daily tablet (Truvada) of drugs commonly used to treat HIV.

This prevents them from contracting the virus if exposed to it.

The PROUD study, launched in 2012 and recruited 545 men who have sex with men deemed to be at a high risk of contracting HIV.

The men were randomly and evenly split into two groups.

  • A treatment group that would immediately begin a daily dose of Truvada.
  • And a control group, given no medication for the first 12 months of the two-year trial.

Of the 276 participants in the treatment group who began Prep Immediately.- Reported three new cases of HIV

Furthermore, in the deferred control group.- 19 new cases of HIV.

The findings back up previous international studies which indicate high levels of effectiveness, including a French study, also released this month which suggests effectiveness levels similar to those seen in the Proud study.

PrEP is currently available in Australia.

However, not currently covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

A Queensland-wide trial into the effectiveness of PrEP is set to commence in April, while a free PrEP community forum will be held on the 16th of March at RAPID in Fortitude Valley.

HIV Foundation Queensland representative Scott Brown told QNews that the Foundation was excited to see further evidence that shows PrEP is an effective HIV prevention strategy.

PrEP is increasingly becoming more and more relevant to gay men in Queensland,” Mr Brown said.

“PrEP as a treatment option has understandably raised many questions in the community, and we are looking forward to the lively discussion at the upcoming community forum.”

The PrEP community forum

Time: 6:00 pm on Monday.

Date: 16 March.

Address: Upstairs at RAPID, 2 Winn St, Fortitude Valley.

While anyone is welcome to turn up on the night, people interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to info@hivfoundation.org.au   or call 07 3054 6100

If you cannot attend the forum in person, log on to the Online PrEP Forum on Facebook – ‘Let’s talk about PrEP: Community Forum’. Through this online forum, people can lodge their questions on the night and the forum.

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Nerelle Harper

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