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New PrEP Trial Results Among Injecting Drug Users Underscore That PrEP Works When Taken Consistently
Date:6/12/2013

NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Results from the Bangkok Tenofovir Study published online today in The Lancet provide additional evidence that daily oral tenofovir-based pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) reduces HIV infection risk when taken consistently. The results from the study—the first conducted among people who inject drugs—are consistent with previous studies among men and women primarily at risk of acquiring HIV through sex. They provide additional support for moving forward to ensure that people who can benefit from PrEP have access to it.

"These results underscore what we've learned in a range of studies—daily tenofovir-based PrEP works when you take it," said Mitchell Warren, AVAC executive director. "Although there is more to learn about how this or other PrEP strategies work in men and women who inject drugs, this study offers the first indication that oral PrEP may reduce the risk of HIV infection via needle exposure. Comprehensive harm reduction, along with human rights protections, are the fundamental HIV prevention tools for injecting drug users. We need to continue to roll out proven prevention and find out more about how this oral PrEP strategy might work in a group that is at very high risk for HIV infection and has too often been ignored."

"We now need to get serious about making PrEP available to those who can benefit. More than two and a half years after the first positive results from a PrEP trial, little has been done to answer critical questions about the best ways to roll out daily oral PrEP to key populations worldwide. Within the next year, a comprehensive package of demonstration projects should be planned, funded and launched in countries around the world," Warren said.

Data from previous oral PrEP studies showed varying levels of effectiveness of tenofovir-based prevention for heterosexual men and women, and for men
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