The O’Neill Institute received a generous grant from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, to examine critical policy issues that impact access, availability and acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and long-acting agents, which are innovative forms of PrEP and HIV treatment that are under development and do not require daily pill taking. The project will explore how to support uptake of effective HIV prevention and treatment modalities for adolescents and young adults, with a focus on young Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.
Through a series of consultation meetings, the O’Neill Institute will bring together a diverse array of stakeholders to explore legal, ethical, and policy issues surrounding PrEP for adolescents and young adults, evaluate barriers and opportunities for increasing the engagement of adolescents and young adults in PrEP research and clinical practice, and initiate a policy dialogue for the future deployment of long-acting agents for both PrEP and HIV treatment. The first consultation meeting of this project was held on December 19, 2016 at Georgetown University Law Center, and additional meetings are scheduled for 2017. The O’Neill Institute will develop issue briefs on the topics of these meetings for public dissemination.