Dosing schedule and adherence of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men who have sex with men in Taiwan
Taiwan (FMS-Taiwan) - National Cheng Kung University, Tainan
Public Health
Department of Public Health, College of Medicine
Carol Strong, PhD, MPH
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
In Taiwan, HIV burden falls disproportionately on men who have sex with men, MSM, which makes this group a priority for HIV prevention. Choices of protecting oneself from acquiring HIV infections are now abundant with the advance of antiretroviral therapy. HIV prevention messages used to only emphasize condom use; now the messages will contain at least three major themes: pre-exposure prophylaxis, condom use, and undetectable viral load. Taiwan was the first in East Asia to have national guidelines for PrEP recommendation. When the efficacy of PrEP has been demonstrated in several clinical trials, the research gap in PrEP-related studies falls heavily in how people take PrEP in routine practice.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the project is to investigate adherence of PrEP in MSM group in Taiwan.
What techniques and methods are used?
1. Statistics 2. Literature review 3. Face-to-face Interview in Chinese Students will first review papers regarding PrEP dosing regimen, including preference and adherence. Then, students will need to develop a hypothesis. Students will test their hypothesis using our data, following by writing a research report that describes the project and interpret the findings.
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The trainees will know how to conduct basic data analysis, data extract, summarize and meta-analyze the bunch of research evidence. Additionally, the trainees get to learn the importance of literature review as it is the crucial part of this project, describing how the project is related to prior research in statistics. Apart from that, the trainees are expected to acquire basic skills in writing a research paper. This project will provide an opportunity for trainees to carry out these tasks and to be reviewed by tutor in a period of time.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Experienced research assistants and associates will be teaching students basic methodology and statistical analysis. There will not be formal courses.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster
- The student will prepare a scientific report
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
- The student will have the opportunity to present the results together with the supervisor at a conference
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Basic training in data analysis. Students will require some knowledge regarding statistical analysis, such as regression. Students should have some experiences or interests in handling real-world dataset. Subjects passed: Biostatistics
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
- Molina; Jean-Michel; Isabelle Charreau; Bruno Spire; Laurent Cotte; Julie Chas; Catherine Capitant; Cecile Tremblay et al. "Efficacy; safety; and effect on sexual behaviour of on-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV in men who have sex with men: an observational cohort study." The lancet HIV 4; no. 9 (2017): e402-e410.