British Study Says PreP Highly Protective Against HIV

An analysis of a British study of prophylaxis, or PreP, has proven it is effective against HIV for gay men, men who have sex with men, and transgender women, according to the Clinical Trials Unit of Public Health England.

"Results of the PROUD Study, which began earlier this year, have been so encouraging that participants currently on the deferred arm of the study, who have not yet started PrEP, will be offered the opportunity to begin a PrEP regimen, consisting of a daily Truvada tablet, ahead of schedule, says a press release sent out Thursday by the health service. So far PrEP is available in England. only through the study.

“The exact number of HIV infections that PrEP prevented is not yet known,” says the press release. “PROUD clinics are aiming to have follow-up visits (including HIV tests) with all trial participants by the end of the year, which means results will be available early in 2015.” But the exact number is known, it is not expected to change the conclusion about the effectiveness of PrEP, the release notes.

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