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HIV research is still important 30 years after the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS. Without research, we would not have effective antiretroviral combination therapies which have transformed HIV into a chronic manageable condition.
However, we have been far less successful in preventing infection. Many individuals do not know that they are infected and continue to spread the virus by sexual contact, needle sharing, or mother-to-child transmission. Moreover, there is still no effective preventative HIV vaccine, nor is there a cure for those already infected on the immediate horizon.
For all these reasons and more, it is essential that research continues until we can say that HIV has been eradicated.
The most notable research advances recently have been treatment as prevention – PARTNER STUDY where the HIV positive partner is treated in a sero-discordant couple – and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – which can reduce sexual transmission among heterosexual partners or men who have sex with men.
The results from the PARTNER STUDY so far have shown that in nearly 100% of over 1000 participating couples there has been no transmission.
This is just one of approximately 35 on-going research studies being carried out at any one time in the Bloomsbury Clinic. The research ranges from observational studies (questionnaires about lifestyle or behaviour) ; drug trials for patients who have so far not taken medication; and also switch trials where new drugs are being compared to make sure they are non-inferior to established medications.
There are also trials looking at ageing in HIV (POPPY STUDY); women on ART (BESTT), HIV menopausal women (PRIME); PrEP using standard Truvada or F/TAF preparation. All these trials rely on patient interest and participation and there are different reasons for getting involved.
Many patients want to contribute to medical science, thereby helping the community. Others because they have access to a new drug/therapy or interventions that would not otherwise be available
ALL PATIENTS WHO TAKE PART IN TRIALS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE FUTURE.
TO GET INVOLVED www.mmc-research.cnwl.nhs.net.
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Bloomsbury Clinic at The Mortimer Market Centre is run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Address: Bloomsbury Clinic, Capper Street, off Tottenham Court Road London, WC1E 6JB
General enquiries: 020 3317 5100