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Continuing PrEP companies for adolescents in Brazil regardless of COVID-19 disruptions

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PrEP1519 is the primary demonstration examine in Latin America exploring acceptability, use, and persistence of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) amongst adolescent males who’ve intercourse with males (MSM) and transgender ladies (TGW) aged 15-19 years. The examine is ongoing
in three cities in Brazil: Salvador, São Paulo, and Belo Horizonte. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the PrEP1519 examine staff ensured a contingency plan to reduce results of the pandemic disruptions on folks  taking part within the examine, to provoke and proceed accessing PrEP and different sexual well being companies. They
use telehealth platforms akin to textual content messages, on-line social media (Instagram and Facebook), and a synthetic intelligence chatbot referred to as Amanda Selfie to recruit members, present peer assist and care. The staff additionally supplies discreet dwelling
supply of condoms, lubricants, douches, HIV self-tests and medicines for PrEP. In addition, in-person appointments stay potential, when needed.

Importance of sustaining HIV prevention companies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

The story of Miguel a teen who joined the examine in July 2019 highlights the significance of sustaining HIV prevention companies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. While Miguel was enrolled within the PrEP programme, he reported poor adherence to his
PrEP medicine. During the lockdown, he contacted the PrEP1519 staff for an HIV take a look at because of an acute viral an infection. The take a look at was facilitated beneath secure situations at a PrEP1519 clinic. He examined unfavourable for HIV, however optimistic for syphilis and was
handled on the identical day. His companion, nonetheless, examined optimistic for HIV, after which Miguel was examined once more for HIV. The second take a look at confirmed that he was HIV-negative. Following his expertise, Pedro is motivated to persevering with his PrEP routine to
forestall HIV. 

(*Name modified for anonimity)

A PrEP1519 participant receives a home-based HIV prevention equipment throughout COVID-19 lockdown

A member of the medical staff conducting a PrEP1519 telehealth session

Rapid take a look at for syphilis on the PrEP1519 clinic. The medical staff additionally suggested that the participant’s companion endure STI and HIV testing.

PrEP1519 shopper with the doctor prescribing PrEP

All photographs credit score: Project PrEP1519

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