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FIND-PrEP

Full Title
FIND-PrEP - Finding the optimal distribution of pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV among sex workers, a computational modeling approach
Description

Female sex workers are vulnerable to HIV, and particularly so in resource-constrained countries. Improving prevention of HIV among them is crucial to reduce its burden on the welfare of those populations, and also a crucial step towards UNAIDS’ goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of antiretrovirals medications to protect people from HIV infection, even during unprotected sex. Building on our previous findings, we will develop a mathematical and computational model to evaluate the performance, in terms of averted infections, of competing PrEP distribution strategies among female sex workers. We will identify the best-performing strategy for different scenarios spanning communities in different countries, in terms of HIV prevalence, access to treatment, prevention-related behavior, and prevalence of other sexually transmitted diseases, which, by changing susceptibility to HIV, may alter the overall effectiveness of PrEP distribution.

Funding Entity
Portugal-France Bilateral Co-operation 2022Programa Pessoa
Start Date
15/02/2023
End Date
14/02/2025
Coordinator
LASIGE/FCiências.ID; Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)
Partners
LASIGE/FCiências.ID; Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)
Principal Investigator at LASIGE
Andreia Sofia Teixeira
Team at LASIGE
Status
Ongoing