Preparing for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
The implementation of PrEP will not be simple. Maximizing PrEP's public health benefit will require a comprehensive approach that involves the coordinated efforts of service providers in clinical and non-clinical settings. If we are unprepared to address the issues that PrEP raises, an important opportunity to reduce new infections in Canada may be lost and a host of new problems created.
For years, there have been calls from experts in HIV prevention demanding that our prevention efforts adopt a more comprehensive approach that combines different behavioural, structural and biomedical interventions.8 With the possible introduction of partially protective biomedical technologies, such as PrEP, we are entering a new era in HIV/AIDS prevention in which the need for a comprehensive approach is even more immediate and pressing.
Strategies for Using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Lower HIV Incidence in Select Populations -- Policy Considerations and Suggestions of the National PrEP Committee: Project Inform, AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project, National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors. December 1, 2010.
Interim Guidance: Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection in Men Who Have Sex With Men -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
James Wilton is the project coordinator of the Biomedical Science of HIV Prevention Project at the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE). James has an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of British Columbia.
This article was provided by Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. It is a part of the publication Prevention in Focus: Spotlight on Programming and Research. Visit CATIE's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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