Update on PrEP IMPACT study (March 2018)
Simon Collins, HIV i-Base
The latest update from the UK PrEP IMPACT trial has reported that more than 5,000 people have already been recruited over the first five months and are now receiving PrEP.
This means half the original 10,000 places are now recruited, from more than 100 clinics.
The update details new proposal to reallocate half of the approximately 2,000 trial places that were initially for women and people from other high-risk groups.
This change was due to much lower recruitment from these populations, linked to lower current awareness of PrEP. These places will now become available to gay and bisexual men, where demand meant many clinics quickly filled their initial allocations.
The oversight board from the study also plans to set up a new planning group to plan the process commissioning PrEP by NHS England and local authorities.
The next update will be in April 2018.
For further information on the trial please visit the trial website.
In is important that this study has quickly passed the halfway mark for enrolment, but this target has only been met for gay and bisexual men.
An important focus remains to make this study widely available to everyone.
NHS England HIV CRG. Update on the PrEP trial following the Oversight Board meeting in March 2017.