The concept of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a recent innovation directed at preventing the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among high-risk individuals. The first comprehensive PrEP guidelines, released by the United States (US) Public Health Service in May 2014, provide direction on patient selection, eligibility screening, on-treatment testing and monitoring requirements, HIV risk reduction, and adherence counseling. However, despite the publication of these useful guidelines and a recent increase in the use of PrEP in certain US cities, uptake nationwide has been slow.
Med-IQ, an ACCME-accredited provider of continuing medical education (CME), is launching a series of live community-focused forums to address questions related to the implementation of PrEP in real-world settings. Developed in collaboration with HealthHIV, Pozitively Healthy, and the National Coalition for LGBT Health, Are You PrEPared for PrEP? A Community Forum to Explore the Optimal Use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention is designed to bring together primary healthcare professionals, consumers, and AIDS service organizations to educate all stakeholders on the benefits and limitations of PrEP for HIV prevention in five cities throughout the US. Through expert-led, small, audience-specific breakout sessions and large-group debate and discussion, these interactive CME/CE-certified events will facilitate practical conversations about local barriers to and opportunities for PrEP.
“Resistance to prescribing PrEP for HIV prevention can be attributed to a variety of factors, including uncertainty about the role of PrEP in the context of other risk-reduction strategies, effective dosing and the importance of adherence, risk compensation, and the potential for drug resistance,” said Richard Elion, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. “By engaging multiple community stakeholders at these events, this initiative aims to strengthen networks and increase knowledge and competence related to the integration of PrEP into local HIV prevention efforts.”
These community forums are being held in select cities across the country:
- Washington, DC—September 10, 2015
- Chicago, IL—October 1, 2015
- Houston, TX—October 22, 2015
- Miami, FL—November 12, 2015
- Atlanta, GA—December 8, 2015
Robert M. Grant, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Betty Jean and Hiro Ogawa Endowed Investigator
Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology
San Francisco, CA
Oni J. Blackstock, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
Richard Elion, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine
Interested clinicians can register for free by calling (toll-free) 866 858 7434, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by completing this brief online form. For more information on workshop locations and agenda, please visit www.Med-IQ.com/a863.
This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Med-IQ is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide continuing education to nurses.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc.
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