Researching PrEP implementation and impact: current perspectives from the USA

Truong Hughes event

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – the use of a daily medication to prevent acquiring HIV – is proving both remarkably effective and highly acceptable to many of the communities who are at highest risk of HIV around the world. However, a range of complex social, economic and structural issues are complicating the ways in which PrEP is being made available to those who desire it in different settings.

To mark their visit to the Centre for Social Research in Health, colleagues from the Centre for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), will review emerging issues and priorities in US-based research on PrEP implementation and impact, including innovations being trialled in PrEP access systems, such as telehealth.

Hong-Ha M. Truong, Associate Professor of Medicine, leads a multi-disciplinary research program at UCSF’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies encompassing the biological and behavior aspects of HIV transmission. Bridging scientific innovation to public health action, she coordinated the establishment of an antiretroviral drug resistance and acute HIV infection surveillance system in San Francisco. She has led research on serosorting among men who have sex with men as a HIV prevention strategy, transmission of HIV in individuals with acute retroviral syndrome and their source partners, sexual risk behavior in the context of international travel, and correlates associated with HIV transmission clusters. Dr Truong has served as a technical consultant for the CDC Global AIDS Program, providing technical assistance on the monitoring and evaluation of prevention, care and treatment programs for PEPFAR-funded countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Shana D. Hughes is an applied medical anthropologist and Specialist at UCSF’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. She conducted fieldwork in Brazil on lived experiences of love and risk among heterosexual, HIV-serodiscordant couples, and co-edited Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Couples with Mixed-HIV Status: Beyond Positive/Negative with Asha Persson (UNSW). In her domestic work, Shana has studied men’s experiences in the U.S. PrEP Demonstration Project, and, together with Hong-Ha Truong, is exploring seroconversion narratives among members of HIV transmission clusters in San Francisco. She is also collaborating with Kim Koester to investigate an innovative telehealth platform for PrEP delivery.

Refreshments served after the seminar.

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