HVTN 703/HPTN 081

A phase 2b study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of VRC01 broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibody in reducing acquisition of HIV-1 infection in women in sub-Saharan Africa.

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What is HVTN 703/HPTN 081?

The AMP Study (also known as HVTN 703/HPTN 081) tests an experimental antibody against HIV. AMP stands for Antibody Mediated Prevention. This is the idea of giving people antibodies that fight HIV to see if they will protect people from becoming HIV infected.

The AMP study tests an antibody called VRC01, a manufactured antibody against HIV. This is a new idea for HIV prevention that is related to what has been done in HIV vaccine research. In traditional HIV vaccine studies, people get a vaccine and researchers wait to see if their bodies will make antibodies against HIV in response to the vaccine. In this study, we will skip that step, and give people the antibodies directly.

Who is participating in the study?

The study will enroll and follow about 1,900 adult women in sub-Saharan Africa who are at risk of HIV-1 infection. To join this study, a woman must be a healthy adult and not infected with HIV. She cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding. There are also other criteria that must be met. We will ask women about their medical history, give them a physical exam, and take blood and urine samples for testing. We will also ask women about their recent sexual activity and drug use.

Why is HVTN 703/HPTN 081 important?

Women are among those at highest risk of HIV infection in Africa. They have the greatest need for new tools to prevent HIV infection, and it is important to include them in studies looking at new prevention methods.

All HVTN and HPTN studies work toward our shared mission of finding effective ways to prevent HIV infection. The main purposes of the study are to:

* Gather more information about the safety of VRC01;

* See if people can receive the antibody without becoming too uncomfortable;

* Test whether the VRC01 antibody can prevent HIV infection in people;

* Find out how much VRC01 is needed for protection, if we find that it does work to prevent HIV infection.

What happens during the study?

VRC01 will be given using intravenous infusions. This is more commonly known as getting an IV, or getting a drip. The IV is given to the study participant every eight weeks for 30-60 minutes. To get an IV, a sterile needle is used to place a small plastic tube into a vein in the participant’s arm. A bag of fluid is hung from a pole and connected to a pump, which controls how quickly the contents of the bag flow through the tube into the participant’s arm.

There will be 3 different groups in this study. One third of study participants will get a higher dose of the antibody in their IV. One third will get a lower dose of the antibody in their IV. One third will get an infusion of sterile salt water without any antibody in it. This is called a placebo. Participants will be enrolled in the study for about two years.



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The Importance of Prevention Research: The AMP Study

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