New CDC Report Shows High Percentage for PrEP Indications for MSM

Last week, the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released estimated percentages and numbers of adults with indications for PrEP. Among adult MSM aged 18-59 years in the United States who report sexual activity in the past year, approximately 25% have indications for PrEP to prevent HIV acquisition, compared with approximately 18% of persons who inject drugs and 0.4% of heterosexually active adults.

The high percentage of MSM with PrEP indications is consistent with the high number of new HIV infections among MSM. The high percentage of persons who inject drugs with PrEP indications reflects the relatively high percentage who report using a needle after it was used by another injector. The low percentage and high absolute number of heterosexually active adults is a reflection of the large heterosexually active U.S. population and the low rate of new HIV diagnoses in these adults. The actual risk for acquiring HIV infection for each of these transmission risk groups differs based on efficiency of transmission routes and likelihood of exposure to HIV.

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December 10th, 2015|Categories: Men's Health, PrEP, Research|

PrEP Research Study

The Men’s Health Foundation is conducting an investigator sponsored research study, “PUMP” ( PrEP in Urban Medical Primary Care).  It is a non-randomized, unblinded, retrospective and prospective analysis of  PrEP.  (The Southern California Men’s Medical Group, the clinical arm of Men’s Health Foundation, is one of the largest private prescribers of Truvada for PrEP in the US). The study goal is to evaluate real world retrospective and prospective PrEP data in a high capacity, urban primary and specialty care clinic of 300 MSM patients prescribed PrEP.

The Men’s Health Foundation has received funding to conduct a research study regarding PrEP. While the effectiveness of PrEP is no longer an issue to dispute, there is still a need for more data. Because most of the information that we have about PrEP comes from highly controlled and closely monitored clinical trials, it’s necessary to collect data about how PrEP will work in a real-world setting. The Men’s Health Foundation will be conducting a two-part PrEP study, which will include retrospective and prospective data collection.

The retrospective PrEP study will evaluate the outcomes of up to 300 past clinic patients who were prescribed PrEP. The study will seek information about how patients took PrEP, whether

July 13th, 2015|Categories: PrEP, Research|

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Is It Right For Me?

With new research findings confirming its effectiveness, it is almost universally understood that PrEP is an exciting tool for HIV prevention. The decision to take PrEP, however, is not one to make lightly. Read on to learn more about PrEP.

July 10th, 2015|Categories: PrEP|