Researchers of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy took part in the Conference on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis of HIV, which was held online on June 9-11th.
On June 9-11th 2021, the Second National Conference on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis of HIV "PrEP: Beyond Ordinary Protection", organized by the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Ukraine, was held. Its participants and speakers shared the results of implementation of the PrEP* program for the last few years, discussed the barriers and challenges to PrEP implementation and prospects for the future.
The Conference was divided into three days according to the topics of plenary sessions: “International and national experience in expanding the PrEP program”, “Non-governmental sector as a key impetus of PrEP. Innovative models of PrEP implementation for different groups” and “Global coalition regarding the worldwide expansion of PrEP. Further steps and plans for the future”.
On June 10th, the representatives of non-governmental organizations presented the innovative models of PrEP implementation for various groups. The speeches of our researchers Tetiana Kiriazova and Kostyantyn Dumchev were devoted to the results of studying the barriers for compliance to pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV in the community of men, who have sex with men, as well as the experience of pilot PrEP implementation among people who inject drugs (PWID).
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) of HIV is the use of antiretroviral agents to reduce the risk of HIV infection. PrEP is an additional prophylaxis method to barrier contraception for people with a high risk of HIV infection. PrEP is taken orally.