Enhancing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Community Settings (EPIC)

Investigator: Eric Vittinghoff, PhD
Sponsor: Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc.

Location(s): United States


EPIC (Enhancing PrEP in Community Settings) is a two-part study that aims to assess adherence to PrEP and develop and evaluate an intervention to optimize adherence to PrEP. The PrEP demonstration project and EPIC will be conducted at the San Francisco City Clinic, San Francisco’s only municipal sexually transmitted disease clinic.The study will explore factors that influence adherence and risk behaviors in a San Francisco-based study that also tests strategies that to support adherence, including individualized counseling and text messaging. Dr. Liu will also be directing the San Francisco effort in an international study that tests the effectiveness of a rectal gel – known as a microbicide – to prevent the transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men.