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.

15 June 2012

IAPAC Summit - If people who need HIV drugs aren’t getting them now, why should the prevention benefit of treatment be the reason that the drugs become available?

via Aidsmap, by Roger Pebody

The issue of ‘treatment as prevention’ raises a number of ethical issues, Richard Ashcroft, professor of bioethics at Queen Mary University of London told the IAPAC Controlling the HIV Pandemic with Antiretrovirals Evidence Summit in London this week.

He reminded the audience that it is rare for a doctor to give a patient a medicine that will primarily benefit a third party. He went on to highlight situations in which, at present, antiretroviral treatment is not universally available to all people who need it for their own health. In such circumstances, why should treatment’s prevention benefit be “the clincher” that convinces funders and policy makers to make the drugs more widely available?

At the same meeting, Kevin Fisher of AVAC noted that the ethical concerns tended to differ in different parts of the world. In settings where there is already good access to HIV treatment, the concerns are often related to individuals experiencing external pressure or compulsion to take treatment. In resource-limited settings, the concerns focused more on the cost of and access to treatment.

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And check out the Mapping Pathways slides that were presented at the same meeting, on the issue of PrEP.

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