The theme of prevention carried over into the plenary session on Tuesday, March 6 during which Dr. Wafaa El Sadr talked about antiretroviral therapy (ART) as an important prevention strategy. Dr. El Sadr reminded conference participants that there is no easy or single solution to achieving the promise of ART for prevention. Instead, she advocated for further research into novel strategies for expanding early diagnosis of HIV, actively linking persons into care, and developing tools, systems and processes that help people stay in care. Dr. El Sadr recognized the strength of community partnerships, including partnerships with people living with HIV/AIDS, as an essential ingredient in moving forward with a “vibrant” research agenda.
Later in the morning, a series of oral abstracts on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), microbicides and male circumcision are available online as well as webcasts and podcasts of many sessions. I urge you to visit the CROI site and learn more about the amazing work that is being presented here in Seattle.