On Wednesday, 27 March 2019, Dr. Helen Ayles and Dr. Sarah Fidler discussed results from HPTN 071 (PopART). The research study examined the impact of a package of HIV prevention interventions on community-level HIV incidence. The prevention interventions included universal voluntary HIV counseling and testing provided at the household level, linkage of people living with HIV to care and initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all those living with HIV. The study was conducted in 21 urban and peri-urban communities in Zambia and the Western Cape of South Africa, with a total population of around 1 million.
Helen Ayles, MBBS, PhD
Dr. Ayles is the Zambia principal investigator for HPTN 071 (PopART), professor of infectious diseases and international health in the Clinical Research Department in the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the director of research at Zambart in Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Ayles’ research interest is in the combined epidemics of tuberculosis and HIV and in the evaluation of large public health interventions.
Sarah Fidler, MBBS, PhD
Dr. Fidler is the HPTN 071 (PopART) protocol co-chair and professor of medicine at Imperial College, London. Dr. Fidler has been involved in designing and leading HIV international clinical studies for participants identified in acute HIV infection, and small proof of concept studies in HIV cure.