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CSDE Scientist Hamilton leads Study on PrEP Programs for Adolescent Sexual Minority Males

Posted: 8/15/2020 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Research Scientist Deven Hamilton and CSDE Development Core Director Steven Goodreau and co-authors’ recent article in the Journal of Adolescent Health models the potential impact of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—an effective and safe intervention to prevent HIV transmission— on at-risk adolescent sexual minority males. Using an agent-based network simulation, they compare the number of incident HIV infections (impact) and changes in HIV prevalence over 10 years among men who have sex with men (MSM) when PrEP was and was not available to the adolescent population at-risk. They also report the number of person-years on PrEP per HIV infection averted (efficiency) when PrEP was used. Their modeled findings suggest that continued expansion of PrEP programs for adolescents can substantially reduce HIV incidence among adolescent sexual minority males. To read the article click here.

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