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Although pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has proven to be a boon for people at risk of contracting HIV, among its burdens are the need to schedule in-person follow-up visits with clinicians as many as 4 times a year.
To reduce the likelihood of people giving up on PrEP because of difficulty committing to multiple annual visits, a team of investigators created PrEP@Home, a home-based monitoring system that will allow people on the PrEP regimen to meet with their health care providers just once a year, its creators say. They recently conducted a study measuring how well PrEP@Home worked, and the results were promising.
The investigators, from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, and other institutions, followed 55 men recruited from clinics in San Francisco, St. Louis, and Boston, who reported having at least 1 male anal sex partner within the past year and who were prescribed PrEP at 1 of these clinic visits.