AVAC calls for rapid response to new ARV-based HIV prevention data presented at CROI, including expedited regulatory review, expanded rollout and updated research plans

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Seattle, Washington — AVAC today called for a global action plan including targets, resources and research agendas to accelerate access to daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), with a particular focus on those hardest hit and most underserved, in parallel with continued research to find new prevention options for those most at risk of HIV, especially young African women.

This call comes as new data from a range of antiretroviral (ARV)-based prevention trials provides strong new evidence for how well these prevention options can work. The studies were presented today at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle.

“Today’s results add to a powerful body of evidence that ARV-based prevention works when it is used correctly and consistently,” said Mitchell Warren, AVAC’s executive director. “But they’re also a reminder that with nearly every prevention option available today, from condoms to PrEP to HIV treatment, correct and consistent use is both critically important and a real challenge.”

“The evidence tells us that we need a two-pronged approach. We should develop ambitious programs to roll out existing, proven options, including daily oral PrEP, around the world to those who can use them. At the same time, we must continue to develop and test newer methods that others at risk will actually want, demand and use,” Warren added.

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