PEP/PrEP Update – A BC Case Study
In 2014, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS launched the Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) Pilot Project. Since then, hundreds of gbMSM have accessed the program in Vancouver. In 2017, the Centre announced a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) program targeting individuals in high risk sexual networks. This project is one of many PrEP demonstration and clinical trials currently happening in Canada.
As research across the globe proves that PrEP is effective at reducing new HIV infections (including city-wide reductions in San Francisco and London), the debate in Canada continues to focus on one key question: “Who will pay for this intervention?” Community groups and gay men’s health advocates have been working toward quick and easy access to PEP and PrEP, but many obstacles exist.
In this webinar, we will hear from Dr. Mark Hull, clinical research scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Joshua Edward, Knowledge Translation Manager at Health Initiative for Men (HIM) and Leah Kelley, Policy Analyst at First Nations Health Authority. We will also be joined by the Founder of the Davie Buyers Club (DBC) who will take questions through the chat feature. The webinar will give an update on the situation in BC regarding access and advocacy for PEP & PrEP that should interest clinicians, policy-makers, and community members alike.
Dr. Mark Hull completed medical school at the University of Saskatchewan and his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia. He went on to complete a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Canadian CIHR HIV Clinical Trials Network (CTN). He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of AIDS at University of British Columbia, and Research Scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. He is a co-chair of the CTN Biomedical Prevention Working Group, which is currently drafting Canadian Pre/Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Guidelines.
Joshua Edward is Program Manager, Knowledge Translation, at Health Initiative for Men (HIM). In his role at HIM, Joshua is responsible for knowledge transfer and exchange, translational science, community, research and public health partnerships, and the creation and implementation of new HIV and STBBI interventions and health promotion campaigns serving gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men (gbOMSM) throughout Metro Vancouver. Joshua has a Master of City & Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) from the University of Utah, and is a doctoral candidate and fellow at the University of British Columbia.
Leah Kelley is Policy Analyst at the First Nations Health Authority where she works with the Primary Health Care Strategic Policy team, before that she was a Policy Analyst with the Benefits Management team in the Health Benefits department. Leah will be explaining the process for Indigenous people who want to access PrEP.