Draft Research Plan
Draft Research Plan for Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
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Note: This is a Draft Research Plan. This draft is distributed solely for the purpose of receiving public input. It has not been disseminated otherwise by the USPSTF. The final Research Plan will be used to guide a systematic review of the evidence by researchers at an Evidence-based Practice Center. The resulting Evidence Review will form the basis of the USPSTF Recommendation Statement on this topic.
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Draft: Proposed Analytic Framework
* Harms include increased risky behavior that results in acquisition of other sexually transmitted diseases; adverse effects on renal function, bone, and pregnancy-related outcomes; and infection with antiretroviral drug–resistant HIV.
Abbreviations: HIV=human immunodeficiency infection; PrEP=pre-exposure prophylaxis; STD=sexually transmitted disease.
Draft: Proposed Key Questions to Be Systematically Reviewed
- What are the benefits of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in persons without pre-existing HIV infection versus placebo or delayed PrEP for the prevention of HIV infection and associated clinical outcomes?
- How do benefits differ by population subgroups?
- How do benefits differ by dosing strategy or regimen?
- What is the diagnostic accuracy of methods used to identify persons who are candidates for PrEP due to increased risk of HIV acquisition?
- What are rates of adherence to PrEP in U.S. primary care–applicable settings?
- What is the association between adherence to PrEP and effectiveness for preventing HIV acquisition?
- What are the harms of PrEP in persons without pre-existing HIV infection versus placebo or delayed PrEP for the prevention of HIV infection?
Draft: Proposed Contextual Questions
Contextual questions will not be systematically reviewed and are not shown in the Analytic Framework.
- What factors are associated with increased or decreased adherence to PrEP?
- What is the risk of antiretroviral drug–resistant HIV infection in persons treated with PrEP, and what is the effect of PrEP-related, antiretroviral drug–resistant HIV infection on antiretroviral treatment outcomes?
Draft: Proposed Research Approach
The Proposed Research Approach identifies the study characteristics and criteria that the Evidence-based Practice Center will use to search for publications and to determine whether identified studies should be included or excluded from the Evidence Review. Criteria are overarching as well as specific to each of the key questions (KQs).
|Population||Adolescents and adults without pre-existing HIV infection who are at increased risk of HIV acquisition||Adolescents and adults who are living with HIV; children|
|Interventions||Antiretroviral therapy regimens for PrEP|
|Comparisons||Placebo or delayed PrEP||One PrEP regimen vs. another|
|Outcomes||Risk of HIV acquisition, quality of life, risk of other sexually transmitted diseases, renal dysfunction, adverse bone effects, pregnancy-related outcomes, and adherence||All other outcomes not listed, including condom use|
|Setting||Primary care–relevant settings, including sexually transmitted disease clinics, Ryan White clinics, and public health departments|
||Studies that do not meet inclusion criteria|
* Studies must perform statistical adjustment for potential confounders to be included.
Internet Citation: Draft Research Plan: Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. February 2017.