01 December 2015
December 1st (World AIDS Day), NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner
announced a project which will make Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) available
to people at high risk of HIV acquisition. Many are hailing this a game-changer
in the fight against HIV.
project will roll out through general practice and public clinic sites,” said Vice
President of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual
Health Medicine (ASHM) Dr Mark Bloch.
could turn out to be a major turning point towards ending HIV. Modelling
indicates that a rapid and comprehensive roll out of PrEP could reduce new HIV
infections by 50%”
EPIC-NSW Project announced by Minister Skinner will be led by the Kirby
Institute, and supported by NSW Health, ACON, Positive Life NSW and ASHM. The
project will assess the effectiveness of PrEP in an Australian context.
trials will make PrEP, which is currently not approved by the Therapeutic Goods
Administration, available to 3,700 people in NSW at high risk of acquiring HIV.
The drug carries the brand name Truvada. It is an antiretroviral medication
also used in the treatment of people living with HIV.
is a very exciting development in the HIV prevention landscape,” said Levinia
Crooks, CEO of ASHM. “We thank the Minister for her vision and commitment to
ending HIV transmission by 2020.
is not considered a replacement for condoms, as PrEP does not protect against
other sexually transmissible infections. However, combined with regular testing
and condoms, PrEP has been shown to be a very efficacious weapon against HIV.”
more information about the EPIC-NSW Study, visit http://www.endinghiv.org.au/nsw/epic