Victorians at risk of being infected with HIV will now have improved access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs through a new study called PrEPX.
PrEP is the latest biomedical treatment in the fight against HIV. It is a way for people who don't have HIV to protect themselves by taking a daily pill, and gives us another tool for HIV prevention.
The PrEPX study is a joint partnership between the Victorian Government, Alfred Health and the Victorian AIDS Council. It will see up to 2,600 people accessing PrEP, and is expected to reduce new HIV infections in Victoria by up to 30% over the coming years.
The study also aims to ensure we have the best model in place for providing access to PrEP. This will allow Victorians to get HIV prevention medication from their local general practice and pharmacy wherever possible in future years.
The PrEPX study commenced on 26 July 2016 and is anticipated to be fully enrolled by the end of 2016.
Find out more about PrEPX here.
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