July 27, 2018 - Coverage of iTech App-Related Studies Presented at AIDS 2018
At a pre-conference session for the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Patrick Sullivan, PhD, from Emory University and ATN iTech Principal Investigator, presented on the use of apps for the future of HIV testing and prevention. His presentation was then featured in a Medscape article.
Read the full article from Medscape about Patrick Sullivan’s presentation, “Apps May Be 'the Only Way' to Get Rural Patients STI Tests,” here. Registration with the Medscape website is required to read the full article.
Apps could be useful for reaching rural areas, particularly areas with less access to healthcare and stigmatization of HIV. Sullivan described 10 active studies in the ATN’s iTech network that test the use of apps for preventing HIV and helping people living with HIV engage with care. Most of these studies involve participants who are young men who have sex with men.
With the use of apps, self-testing can also be done at home for HIV and for STIs in rural areas. Engagement with PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, can also be driven by apps and received at home, to help with HIV prevention. The effectiveness of apps is currently being studied by iTech, with some studies in the pilot phase.
See the list of posters and presentations using ATN data that were featured at AIDS 2018 in this article.