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.

14 November 2011

Mapping Pathways to Prevention

via AIDS Foundation of Chicago, by Gregory Trotter

USCA - Thursday (86)There are many people talking about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in the HIV/AIDS community. Some are all for it, others not so much.

“The conversations are happening but not in any focused way,” said Jessica Terlikowski, director of regional organizing for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and AIDS United.

That’s the gap that Mapping Pathways intends to fill. The two-year multinational study is researching the efficacy and varied perceptions of oral PrEP, equally alongside other antiretroviral (ARV) prevention methods, such as testing and linkage to care plus treatment (TLC+), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and vaginal and rectal microbicides.

At USCA on Thursday, Terlikowski and AIDS United’s Bill McColl presented early results of a 500-person survey on attitudes toward the various prevention methods.  It’s too early to draw conclusions from the data, Terlikowski said, but the study could ultimately be a difference maker. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is not identical from country to country and a one-size-fits-all prevention strategy is unlikely to work everywhere.

“This is about thinking about the full range of prevention tools and creating a space for community dialogue. … Mapping Pathways is not about promoting one strategy over another,” Terlikowski said.

The survey began in May and reflected perspectives from the United States, India and South Africa.
One interesting piece of data was nearly half of survey respondents felt that oral PrEP was very important – but an almost equal number had concerns.
In contrast, about 70 percent said they favored the use of microbicides.

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