Fred Schaich of IFARA spoke with Robert Grant, M.D., M.P.H., of the Gladstone Institutes about the dosing of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Grant led the HPTN 067 (ADAPT) study, which investigated the preference for daily or non-daily PrEP dosing among women, men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women in Cape Town, South Africa; Bangkok, Thailand; and New York, NY. The study showed that South African women preferred daily dosing, while women and MSM in Bangkok found it just as easy to dose once a week with a post-sex booster dose. This option was attractive to men who had sex less frequently.
Grant emphasized that PrEP is not intended for life, but as a way to bridge "seasons of risk" when people may be at a higher risk of contracting HIV. Use of this prevention method is expanding rapidly in major U.S. urban centers, but is virtually unknown and often difficult to access in other U.S. cities and many other parts of the world. Grant said the next step therefore is to "make visible the health care providers in our communities who are willing to provide PrEP in a culturally competent humble way."
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