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Interrogating the promise of long-acting HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis

Oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a well-established product that provides a safe and highly effective way for individuals to protect themselves against HIV infection. However, hopes of a significant reduction in HIV incidence have been disappointing because of low uptake, adherence challenges to a daily pill regimen, and consistently high discontinuation rates within 6 months of initiation. Long-acting agents have been long awaited for their potential to facilitate adherence and to offer a choice between PrEP products. As the first long-acting agents enter the market, with more poised to follow, questions around how to integrate long-acting agents into oral PrEP platforms, and what the potential advantages and pitfalls of this integration will be, now need to be considered.

November 2022

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Oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a well-established product that provides a safe and highly effective way for individuals to protect themselves against HIV infection. However, hopes of a significant reduction in HIV incidence have been disappointing because of low uptake, adherence challenges to a daily pill regimen, and consistently high discontinuation rates within 6 months of initiation. Long-acting agents have been long awaited for their potential to facilitate adherence and to offer a choice between PrEP products. As the first long-acting agents enter the market, with more poised to follow, questions around how to integrate long-acting agents into oral PrEP platforms, and what the potential advantages and pitfalls of this integration will be, now need to be considered.

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Authors: Pike, C. and Bekker, L.G.

Health Risks(s):

  • HIV

Product type(s):

  • HIVinhibitor

Topic(s):

  • Development
  • Product Introduction
  • Social

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