Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

20 June 2011

Understanding the barriers to PrEP uptake

While formulating PrEP strategies, it is imperative that we, the HIV/AIDS prevention community, take into account the target community's concerns. By understanding the possible barriers and coming up with solutions, we can help ensure maximum possible effectiveness.

As per the findings of a study conducted in Peru and published in the International Journal of STD and AIDS, significant barriers among at-risk groups include concerns about cost, efficacy, and side-effects. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from UCLA and Lima, Peru; it included female sex workers, male-to-female transgendered individuals, and MSM.

To know more, check out aidsmap's round-up of the study here and EurekAlert!'s detailed article here.

On a related note, the Mapping Pathways project is also in the process of trying to gather perspectives on these questions from folks in our current focus areas – the US, South Africa, and India. If you’re interested in new ways to prevent transmission of HIV – and want to help shape our project goals and deliverables – we encourage you to take a few minutes and fill in our survey.

Your efforts will be greatly appreciated!

[Content that is linked from other sources is for informational purposes and should not construe a Mapping Pathways position.]

No comments:

Post a Comment