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Prepping for a PrEP Trial

Critical Observations Before the Study Even Begins

July/August 2009

Keith Green I recently accepted a position as Project Director for a research study designed to assess the initial acceptability and feasibility of a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in Chicago.

The concept of PrEP, in a nutshell, involves administering medications used in the treatment of HIV (particularly Viread or Truvada at this point) to "high risk" HIV-negative individuals, in hopes of preventing transmission of the virus. Several PrEP trials are currently underway across the globe, many of which will likely demonstrate the efficacy of both Viread and Truvada as biomedical interventions for the prevention of HIV.

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Comment by: Jason (San Francisco) Sat., Aug. 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm EDT
Did you just figure this out? It's common knowledge in the black community (in many countries where blacks are found) that men who have sex with other men do not identify themselves as gay or bisexual may have a negative opinion of homosexuality because they themselves do not consider themselves to be homosexual or bisexual. Black men who engage in sex with men are also not reached with anti-hiv message because they are not immersed in the gay community at all where these messages are usually targeted. The person who wrote this needs to do some more research into the sexual attitudes of minorities before he continues his research or he'll continue to be shocked and not as effective as he could be. Nothing he observed should be surprising.
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Comment by: Iru Gbessay koroma (freetown - Sierra Leone) Thu., Aug. 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm EDT
0ur culture does not permit us as Africans to do homosexual which I think totally wrong for human beings. It create room for the increase of HIV/AIDS.
The idea of training young people in in HIV/AIDS prevention is a very good initiative, I too was one a HIV/AIDS peer educator that has helped to increase the HIV/AIDS awareness in communities and will also be very much interested to help in proper getting the message.
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