Move to introduce HIV PrEP welcome
The recent reports by the Kenyan government to roll-out HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in government facilities starting next month is a huge step in eradicating HIV in Kenya. LVCT Health has for the last two years been undertaking a research study on Introducing PrEP into HIV combination prevention (IPCP).
The study aims to demonstrate how daily oral PrEP might be delivered as part of an HIV combination prevention package among young women, female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM) at high risk of HIV infection in a real life setting in Kenya. The IPCP study has played a key role in informing the national operational plan for PrEP roll out in Kenya. The study will be completed in December 2017 and results will be shared to further inform policy and HIV prevention.
To date, 459 Young women, 531 FSW and 490 MSM from Nairobi and Homa bay counties have voluntarily enrolled in the study and has played a key role in informing the national operational plan for PrEP roll out in Kenya.
For more information and resources on PrEP visit http://www.lvcthealth.org/ipcp-project