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New AVAC Report on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Calls for Immediate Planning to Anticipate Study Results of Potential New HIV Prevention Option
Date:8/3/2008

Now is the time to anticipate and plan for various study outcomes

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) today released a new report, Anticipating the Results of PrEP Trials, calling for increased action from governments, global health institutions, donors, researchers, and advocates to prepare for initial results - expected as early as 2009 - from the first trials of antiretroviral drugs being tested for HIV prevention, known as PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis. The report also provides the most up-to-date information about ongoing and planned PrEP research, and lays out an agenda for action on key issues that must be addressed as research on this promising HIV prevention intervention moves forward.

The new report is available online at http://www.avac.org/prep08.pdf.

PrEP clinical trials are currently planned or underway in countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. These studies are looking at the safety and efficacy of PrEP, an unproven strategy in which HIV negative people could take an antiretroviral drug (ARV), or combination of ARVs, on a regular basis in the hopes of reducing their risk of acquiring HIV.

The AVAC report was released today at a special session of researchers, advocates and other stakeholders, held at the XVII International Conference on AIDS in Mexico City to discuss the challenges of translating PrEP and other HIV prevention research into effective policy and practice.

"PrEP trials are taking place within a changing landscape of HIV prevention research," said AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren. "Disappointing results have emerged from recent studies of vaccine and microbicide candidates, while male circumcision was found to be partially effective at preventing HIV transmission in some populations and is being rolled out in some African countries.

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