Following pressure from community advocates, the Queensland government has agreed to expand the state’s PrEP trial. In partnership with the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ), the trial — QPrEP — will increase in size within the next eight weeks (the trial was originally open to 150 participants).
This brings Queensland into line with NSW and Victoria whose PrEP trials have been expanded to incorporate 3,700 and 2,600 people respectively. As yet, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is not licensed in Australia; it is currently before the Therapeutic Goods Administration for approval.
Queensland’s health minister Cameron Dick told the ABC that the choice to prevent HIV was a human right. “To reach the 2020 goal of zero new HIV notifications, all prevention mechanisms must be embraced — including increased access to PrEP,” he said.
PrEP will be trialled in six Queensland sites: four sexual health clinics and two general practices.