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HIV Prevention Expert Dr. Timothy Mastro Speaks on Future of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis at International AIDS Conference
Date:7/28/2008

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Timothy Mastro, MD, FACP, DTM&H, who joins Family Health International (FHI) on August 1st as Senior Director of Research, will share information on promising research into pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

Dr. Mastro's presentation, titled "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Current and Planned Trials," will examine ongoing and upcoming clinical trials that suggest oral doses of certain antiretroviral therapies taken daily may prove effective in protecting people from HIV infection. The successful development of PrEP would be especially useful to women and others who may not be empowered to negotiate consistent condom use with their sexual partners.

Dr. Mastro, who joins FHI from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is one of the leading experts on HIV/AIDS prevention. During his tenure at the CDC, Dr. Mastro oversaw HIV prevention research activities, including a landmark study on mother-to-child HIV transmission, trials of microbicides for women, and the first international HIV vaccine efficacy trial. He has also served as chief of the CDC HIV Vaccine Section and directed CDC's participation in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). At FHI, Dr. Mastro will support the organization's commitment to continue to expand its global leadership role in public health and development, particularly in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment research and programs.

WHAT: FHI's Dr. Timothy Mastro Presents on "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis:

Current and Planned Trials"

WHERE: XVII International AIDS Conference

Centro Banamex, Mexico City Session Room 9

WHEN: Thursday, August 7, 2008

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Dr. Mastro's presentation is part of a symposium titled "The Future of Microbicides: from Vaginal ART to PREP," which will examine the road forwar
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