Three-quarters of gay and other men who have sex with men would be willing to take pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection, American researchers report in the January 1st 2009 edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The investigators hope their research will help identify men willing to participate in pre-exposure prophylaxis studies or who would benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis programmes.
Approximately 1 million people in the US have been diagnosed with HIV. The majority of these infections are amongst gay men and other men who have sex with men and there is an urgent need to develop new methods of HIV prevention for this population.
Research into the development of an HIV vaccine has been disappointing and development of a microbicide is developing at a slow pace.
Animal and human studies, however, suggest that prophylaxis with antiretroviral drugs may prove an effect means of preventing infection with HIV. Post-exposure prophylaxis is widely used in occupational settings and is becoming increasingly available for sexual and other non-occupational potential exposures to HIV.
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