pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

ACCESS PrEP blog series: Oral PrEP health providers have their say - opinions, thoughts and experiences

The third blog in this ACCESS PrEP blog series addresses health providers’ experiences with oral PrEP services. It explores their knowledge of oral PrEP and concerns about increased risky behaviour. Health providers also expressed concern about the challenges clients faced when accessing oral PrEP and the barriers to uptake, adherence and continuation.
Author
OPTIONS consortium

Topical inserts: A versatile delivery form for HIV prevention

The development of topical inserts for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), represents a promising alternative to oral and parenteral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) dosage forms. They may be used for vaginal and/or rectal administration of a variety of agents with antiviral activity. Topical inserts deliver drugs to the portal of viral entry, i.e., the genital or rectal mucosa, with low systemic exposure, and therefore are safer and have fewer side effects than systemic PrEP agents.

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There’s power in OPTIONS: Recent developments from the project that is optimizing HIV prevention technology introduction on schedule

“We know that life-changing HIV prevention solutions are available, but it’s critical to think strategically about how an innovation like PrEP is meaningful to our priority users. By understanding who our user is, what is important to them, and how PrEP can be positioned as useful and beneficial, we can help create an enabling environment for PrEP uptake.” - Briana Ferrigno, McCann Health

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Aubrey Weber, Technical Officer, FHI 360

PrEP4Youth video series

Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new HIV prevention method that offers more than 90 percent protection when taken correctly. The OPTIONS Consortium, in collaboration with the South African National Department of Health, created five short, powerful videos that encourage PrEP as an acceptable HIV prevention method for adolescent girls and young women.

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HIV Prevention Ambassador toolkit

The HIV Prevention Ambassador toolkit includes colorful, 1-page handouts and worksheets in a booklet format that trained HIV Prevention Ambassadors can use to conduct peer support, community discussions, and other activities. The toolkit is designed to accompany the Ambassador Training Package and can be translated into local languages.
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