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Today there were a few other abstracts presented about Prep.
A Siegler presented a demonstration project about a home testing system for Prep in the US. This involved sending out kits for STI testing and taking a few drops of blood for tests as wel as a questionnaire. Interesting idea- parts of which might be useful for future planning of Prep systems.
P-C Crouch presented a San Francisco implementation of non-physician based Prep program using nurse and peer support volunteers. This has been successful in delivering Prep to a lot of people there. Again, food for thought about how we may be able to do things differently, even though their model is really in response to the barriers in their health system which are different in Australia. Since November 2014, they have screened over 1250 people with 95.5% enrolment and 71% retention and no HIV seroconversions.
I Zablotska presented details of the EPIC- NSW Prep implementation - good to see this being presented on a world stage and we all await the results of this and the other state based programs.
R Heffron presented data about renal screening- comparing the 3 months screening in the Partner Prep study to the Partner demonstration project whi did it six-monthly. There showed no difference between the two, so it supported the US CDC guidelines of six month renal screening being recommended.
All in all, some things to think about as we use more Prep.
At the Prep symposia yesterday, here was discussion about microbicides research- which agents to use and wil there be a need with oral Prep proven effective, the long acting injectables and infuseable (VRC01) agents as a possible for the future, It was also mentioned the research around rectal microbicides, suppository being investigated, the idea of a douche that might deliver the agent and ongoing research in vaginal rings.
Overall a very informative an interesting conference- the best I have been to. There is a sense that the world is coming together demanding the best treatment and access for all. The program's being rolled out in developing countries can be very impressive which should inspire us to reach and exceed the 90-90-90 targets.