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  • July 20, 2015 - 2015 International AIDS Society Conference - New CDC Research on HIV PrEP

    This week, at the 2015 International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, CDC researchers will present important research findings on HIV prevention. The National Institutes of Health announced findings from the ADAPT trial, a clinical study designed to identify the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, pill-taking schedules that people are most likely to follow. The study found that young, South African women, as well as men who have sex with men and transgender women in New York and Thailand, can adhere to a daily PrEP regimen. Adherence to the daily regimen was higher than adherence to the two non-daily regimens at all three study sites. CDC conducted the Bangkok arm of the study in collaboration with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health.

    CDC researchers presented findings showing that heterosexual men and women in Botswana enrolled in the 12-month open-label extension of the TDF2 clinical trial were highly adherent to a daily oral combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) for PrEP. Further, sexual risk behavior declined over the course of the study. Finally, a sub-analysis by gender confirms that women who are at risk for HIV are able to adhere to daily PrEP. This is encouraging since some PrEP studies have found that women were not protected from HIV because they did not take the medication regularly, as prescribed.

    For your stories about this new research, please find below relevant media materials, as well as other useful background resources.

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  • April 24, 2015 - CDC Health Advisory on HIV/Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs

    Today, CDC issued a Health Advisory to alert public health departments and healthcare providers nationwide of a growing hepatitis C epidemic among people who inject drugs and the possibility of current or future HIV outbreaks among this population.

    In light of the recent HIV outbreak among people who inject drugs in southeastern Indiana and CDC national data showing a 150 percent increase over 4 years in new hepatitis C infections – believed to be primarily attributable to injection drug use – CDC is asking states to examine their most recent data to help identify communities that could be at risk for unrecognized clusters of hepatitis and HIV infections.

    The Health Advisory also recommends a comprehensive approach to preventing drug-related HIV and hepatitis transmission, including strategies to prevent and treat substance abuse itself, as well as a range of proven tools to reduce sexual and drug-related risk.

    For your stories about the Health Advisory, please find the full text at the link below.

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