PrEP and Treatment as Prevention

ANAC2013 Plenary Address

PrEP & Treatment as Prevention

Friday, November 21, 2013
8:45 am - 10:15 am

Myron Cohen, MD

Director, Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Cohen’s plenary address entitled PrEP and Treatment as Prevention, will discuss HIV prevention in 2013.  Dr. Cohen will present on the synergistic behavioral and biologic HIV prevention strategies that have been developed, and the biological interventions that have galvanized the prevention field: such interventions include treatment of inflammatory cofactors, voluntary male circumcision, and most recently use of antiretroviral agents for infected people or as pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP). He will focus on the use of antiretroviral agents for prevention of HIV infection as a cornerstone of combination HIV prevention strategies, the costs of the agents and infrastructure for delivery notwithstanding.  Many (but not all) mathematical modeling studies suggest that such use of antiretroviral agents will reduce incidence of HIV, the empirical results from prevention trials already launched are anxiously awaited. 

Dr. Cohen has received several awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Rush Medical College in 2000, the Thomas Parran Award in 2005 for lifetime achievement in STD research from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA), and in 2008, he received the O Max Gardner Award, the highest honor in the UNC 16 campus system. In 2012, Dr. Cohen received a special citation from the IDSA, and has been recognized for more than a decade as one of America’s ‘Top Doctors’ and ‘Best Doctors’. Dr. Cohen is the author of more than 500 publications, and has written extensively about the prevention of HIV infection.

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