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The TasP Revolution

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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Abstract

Antiretroviral medications are effective in treating HIV infection and are now being used for prevention. The basis for treatment as prevention (TasP) relies on reducing concentrations of HIV in infected persons to the point where they are less infectious. Research has shown that TasP can work, including definitive evidence from clinical trials. There are, however, points of vulnerability by which TasP can fail. This chapter examines these vulnerabilities and offers behavioral strategies to bolster the success of TasP. Optimal implementation of TasP will require minimizing the risks posed by acute HIV infection, assuring treatment adherence, correcting misperceptions and false beliefs about HIV infectiousness, and controlling sexually transmitted coinfections. Three evidence-based interventions that integrate risk reduction counseling and medication adherence are discussed as implementation ready for TasP.

Keywords

Viral Load Medication Adherence Genital Tract Undetectable Viral Load Vaginal Intercourse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for HIV Intervention and PreventionUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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