|A/Prof Jason Ong has won HSRAANZ best paper award|
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are over 1 million curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) a day. Earlier detection and timely treatment are needed to better control STIs, especially among those less likely to engage with healthcare systems. In recent years, there has been a global scale-up of programs for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
PrEP is a game-changing strategy that reduces the risk of acquiring HIV by 99%. People who are attracted to use PrEP are the same individuals who were previously less likely to attend facilities for testing.
Jason conducted a global systematic review of PrEP programs that had two key messages: 1) the high prevalence of STIs at the first visit of PrEP users confirms that individuals at high-risk for STIs are attending PrEP programs; and 2) the high incidence of STIs underscores their need for ongoing STI testing and treatment.
- HSRAANZ news story on Jason's win
- Reference: Ong JJ, Baggaley RC, Wi TE, et al. Global Epidemiologic Characteristics of Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Individuals Using Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(12):e1917134. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.17134