Rutgers School of Public Health Associate Professor, Dr. Chongyi Wei, is the co-investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health subgrant from the University of Arkansas that will be used to prepare for the wide-spread use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among high-risk men in China.
Prompted by the steady rise of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases among men who have sex with men (MSM), the Chinese government has shown interest in scaling up the implementation of evidence-based biomedical HIV programs to control HIV transmission, such as PrEP.
Dr. Wei along with his colleagues, Drs. Nick Zaller at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Cui Yang at Johns Hopkins University, Don Operario at Brown University, and Hongjing Yan at Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control, will use qualitative and quantitative data to assess both the barriers and facilitators to potential PrEP use among Chinese MSM. They hope that their subsequent findings will inform PrEP implementation policy and research at local and national levels in China and support a larger trial testing the effectiveness of PrEP delivery strategies that are tailored to high-risk HIV negative MSM.
Their findings will also provide important groundwork to inform future PrEP implementation in China and may potentially help create responses to the escalating HIV epidemics among MSM in other low- and middle-income countries.
“For PrEP to have a real impact on the HIV epidemic, we need to identify effective implementation strategies in the real world,” said Dr. Wei. “We hope that this research will facilitate getting PrEP to those men who are most in need of it.”Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 27