O'Neill Institute | May 23, 2023Read the Publication
Scientific advancements resulting from our long-term national commitment to HIV research have begun producing new products both for HIV treatment and prevention that do not require daily dosing. The first standalone longer-acting (LA) FDA-approved products are delivered by intramuscular injection every 1-2 months, but future products may require far less frequent injections or could come in other forms such as small implants under the skin or oral medications. These products represent exciting advances because they give users more options to stay engaged in the HIV treatment or prevention continuum. While many patients and providers speak of how transformative these products can be, access to these products is limited and a myriad of barriers prevent individuals from accessing them. Deliberate policy actions are needed to ensure that these innovations do not bypass the individuals and communities that stand to benefit the most from them.