Western Australia (WA) just became the second to last Australian state or territory to get a medical trial for PrEP.
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a HIV preventative drug. It has been proven to be very effective at preventing the transmission of HIV.
The PrEP drug Truvada is not yet available at a subsidized rate in Australia as a HIV preventative medication. But many states have got around this technicality by establishing PrEP trials to people at high risk of acquiring HIV.
WA just became the latest state to get a PrEP medical trial. The state’s health minister described the trial as a ‘game changer’.
‘If we can drive down new HIV infection rates the savings to our community in the long term are going to be significant in dollar terms for the health system and also issues associated with having a family member with HIV and the anguish, concern and anxiety that goes with that,’ said WA Health Minister Roger Cook.
Named the PrEPIT-WA, the trial would run out of four sites in WA.
Eligibility for participation in the will be determined based on HIV risk criteria. WA AIDS Council hopes to ‘rapidly enrol eligible people and follow them for up to two years while they take PrEP’.
A pre-registration program will soon be set up for people interested in particpating. Pre-registration will involve providing some details of personal and sexual histories.
People interested should visit this website: www.PrEPIT-WAstudy.org.au