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Presentation synopsis:

Long-acting HIV drugs: Gadgets, software updates, or real tools?

Although antiretroviral (ARV) drugs have revolutionised HIV treatment and prevention, daily life-long adherence to oral drugs can be challenging. Long-acting ARV formulations have been shown convenience and benefit in the treatment and prevention in different clinical settings (e.g., contraceptives, antipsychotics), especially as they are able to provide an alternative to daily oral drug intake. Long-acting ARVs are being approved for the treatment and the prevention of HIV, and although some clinical challenges exist (e.g., presistant drug concentrations that could lead to the development of drug resistance), these new tools will transform HIV treatment and prevention paradigms.

Speaker biography:

Marta Boffito, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom

Marta Boffito, MD, PhD, FRCP is a Consultant Physician, Clinical Research Lead of the Clinical Research Facility and HIV Service Lead at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and Reader at Imperial College, London, UK, where she runs numerous research projects and clinical trials. She consults on complex pharmacological issues, sees patients with HIV (she founded the first HIVover50years clinic in London, UK), and teaches HIV medicine and pharmacology.

She trained in Italy, the USA, and the UK and has a special interest in antiretroviral drug pharmacology: from prevention to treatment. In these areas she contributes to the educational, scientific, and guideline-formulation activities of national bodies including the British HIV Association.

She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, and reviews. She has been involved in capacity building programmes for resource-limited settings (e.g. Uganda) and was an applicant on numerous successful collaborative grants.


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