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Tibotec Therapeutics Launches GRACE Campaign for Women and People of Color Living With HIV/AIDS
Date:12/1/2009

es can be applied to the everyday care of people living with HIV."

In the United States, HIV/AIDS is on the rise among women and people of color. Today, women account for more than one-quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses, and African-American and Latina women represent 79 percent of women living with the disease. Overall, 65 percent of people living with HIV in the United States are people of color. Despite these staggering statistics, women and people of color are under-represented in clinical treatment studies, often due to barriers such as availability of child care, lack of transportation, financial burden, and stigma.

The GRACE study enrolled 67 percent women and 84 percent people of color, despite the fact that these groups are typically less likely to participate in clinical trials. The study was designed in partnership with the HIV community and used unique strategies to encourage women and people of color living with HIV to participate in the trial. For example, GRACE participants could receive support to cover costs associated with study participation, including assistance for travel, childcare and food vouchers, and study sites could access grants for patient support activities such as lunch-and-learn sessions and patient support groups for ongoing education and camaraderie.

"The GRACE trial was made possible through widespread collaboration between Tibotec Therapeutics and the HIV community, providing an example of what needs to be done to truly address disparities in HIV care," said Glenn Mattes, President of Tibotec Therapeutics. "Individuals who participated in GRACE have played a historic role in advancing the understanding of HIV treatment in women and people of color."

GRACE Study Design

GRACE (Gender, Race And Clinical Experience) compared gender differences in the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of PREZISTA (600 mg with 100 mg ritonavir twice daily) in combination with
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