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Since 2016, Taiwan has implemented the first government-funded pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program in Asia-Pacific and adopted event-driven PrEP in the national guidelines in 2019. Such a setting provides a unique chance for us to understand the behaviour around PrEP use in a real-world setting.
While PrEP uptake has been gradually increased among Taiwanese gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, challenges to PrEP scale-up persist. This talk will reflect on Taiwan's multi-modal PrEP implementation while highlighting the behaviour of PrEP use, facilitators and barriers from providers' and users' perspectives.
Dr Stephane Wen-Wei Ku
Stephane Wen-Wei Ku is currently working as Director of Division of Infectious Diseases at Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch and clinical researcher with TREAT Asia at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. His research interests include HIV/STI, Chemsex and sexual wellbeing of LGBTQ community and has been actively involved in PrEP implementation in Taiwan.
Dr Carol Strong
Carol Strong’s area of study includes adolescent health, sexual health in men who have sex with men, and behavioral intervention. Her current project includes monitoring and evaluating an integrated health service for sexually transmitted infections, sexualized drug use and PEP/PrEP delivery.
Dr Isaac Yen-Hao Chu
Isaac Yen-Hao Chu is a Taiwanese physician-scientist dedicated to combination HIV prevention, particularly the implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) worldwide. He currently works as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at both London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and University College London. He coinvestigates the Taiwan-UK Sex, Gender and Sexuality (SGS) Health Research Network, a pioneering bi-national collaborative platform for advancing the development of SGS-sensitive measurements in health research. Awarded Doctor of Public Health at LSHTM in April 2022, Isaac focuses on how PrEP services could be better accessible and sustainable in Asia-Pacific by exploring the needs of stakeholders (e.g., policymakers, healthcare providers and service users).
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