Game-changing HIV research offers hope for people with HIV and to end AIDS
Shobha Shukla - CNS
Contd from previous issue
Both studies found long-acting Cabotegravir-based PrEP to be superior to oral PrEP (based on TDF/FTC) in preventing HIV acquisition.
In cisgender men who had sex with men, and transgender women who had sex with men, there were 68% fewer HIV infections among those who used long-acting injectable Cabotegravir PrEP, and 89% fewer infections in cisgender women.
And let us not forget the once-monthly Dapivirine intra-vaginal ring (a female controlled prevention option) that offers a discreet and long-acting alternative to daily oral PrEP. It has been recommended by the WHO as an additional choice for women at substantial risk of HIV infection. It has also been approved by the European Medicines Agency and is under review in many African countries.
New drugs for both HIV treatment and prevention
Some drugs like Lenacapavir and Islatravir are being developed for both oral and injectable treatment and prevention of HIV.
(To be contd)