Brisbane community forum hears case for PrEP as statewide trial begins

Published: March 18, 2015

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David Alexander
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QUEENSLAND gay men and men who have sex with men are now being recruited for a statewide and state-first pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial.
The trial, which will be run in conjunction with the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) and the Department of Health, was announced at a community forum on Monday night held at the foundation’s headquarters in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Tackling a range of issues and questions surrounding PrEP medication Truvada and its possible future approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the forum also sought to clear up any questions the community may have had.

PrEP is a course of medication for HIV-negative people that involves taking a pill – Truvada – once a day as a HIV preventative measure.

The forum was facilitated by Victorian AIDS Council’s Heath Paynter and featured panellists Dr Andrew Redmond, an infectious diseases physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, HIV medication prescriber Dr Fiona Bisshop and Cairns Sexual Health Centre clinical nurse consultant Simon Doyle-Adams.

The were also accompanied by Queensland Positive People executive officer Simon O’Connor and all shared their particular expertise on PrEP and its implementation, along with details of the statewide trial starting in June.

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