The HPTN 071 (PopART) study involved more than a million people living in 21 communities in Zambia and South Africa‚ making it the largest HIV-prevention trial to date.
The study measured the effects of two HIV-combination prevention strategies offering HIV testing to people in their homes annually‚ with linkage to HIV care and treatment at the local health facility for those living with HIV.
“Overall‚ both strategies improved knowledge of HIV status and uptake of treatment‚” said Wafaa El-Sadr‚ HPTN co-principal investigator‚ and professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University in New York. “These findings show that a combination prevention strategy similar to PopART may be an effective tool to slow the global HIV epidemic.”
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