HIV Treatment as Prevention in South Africa

Thursday, June 16, 2016
11:00AM ­ 12:00PM
Kresge 502

Dr. Richard Hayes
Prof of Epidemiology & International Health
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

HIV Treatment as Prevention in Southern Africa: An update on the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial 

Abstract: HPTN 071 (PopART) is a cluster-randomised trial measuring the impact of a combination prevention intervention on HIV incidence at population level in 21 large communities in Zambia and South Africa which have been randomly allocated to three study arms. The intervention includes annual rounds of voluntary HIV testing delivered house-to-house by community HIV-care providers, who also support linkage to care and retention on ART and promote other services including male circumcision, PMTCT and referral for diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and TB. Impact on HIV incidence is being evaluated in a population cohort consisting of around 42,000 adults selected randomly from the study communities. This talk will summarise the design of the trial, review progress, and present early data on the uptake and coverage of the intervention. We will ask the question how close we have got to the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets after the first year of the intervention. 

Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Global Health and Population