What's the meeting about?

The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) is organising a two-day meeting (June 11-12th), in London, called "Controlling the HIV epidemic with antiretrovirals: treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis".

IAPAC says that, "the concepts of antiretroviral-based treatment as prevention (TasP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) gained formidable ground in 2011. However, there is much to learn about and plan for as we prepare for their integration into clinical practice. In addition, there are numerous challenges facing a variety of stakeholders as we seek to achieve the impact these biomedical prevention interventions promise in the third decade of the HIV pandemic."

The meeting is designed to review the evidence and discuss the practical implementation of treatment as prevention and PrEP. There are plans to create a consensus statement of recommendations for PrEP and treatment as prevention implementation.

Programme

The two chairs of the meeting are Brian Gazzard, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London and Kenneth Mayer, Harvard University, Boston.

The programme is being developed by a group of HIV doctors in Europe and the US to focus on treatment as prevention, PrEP and the challenges of implementing both. Some of the topics covered will be:

  • Review of current TasP and PrEP data
  • Perspectives from the Vancouver TasP workshop
  • Community perspectives on TasP
  • Implementing TasP – addressing clinical and other concerns
  • TasP conundrum – how will we test for HIV?
  • Antiretroviral pharmacology of PrEP
  • Behaviour and PrEP – risk compensation and other concerns
  • Managing PrEP-related safety concerns
  • Adherence – addressing the Achilles’ heel of TasP and PrEP
  • Implementation science – building the prevention 2.0 ship as we sail her

You can download the current programme from the IAPAC website.

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