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Expanded PrEP Implementation in Communities in NSW (EPIC-NSW)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02870790
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : August 17, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 13, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kirby Institute

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE August 14, 2016
First Posted Date  ICMJE August 17, 2016
Last Update Posted Date January 13, 2020
Actual Study Start Date  ICMJE March 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date March 2019   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 14, 2016)
  • Incidence of HIV infection per 100 person years among study participants [ Time Frame: 24 months of follow-up ]
  • Number of HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men notified to the NSW Ministry of Health. [ Time Frame: 24 months of follow-up ]
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 14, 2016)
Incidence of STI (gonorrhoea, chlamydia and infectious syphilis) per 100 person years among study participants [ Time Frame: 24 months of follow-up ]
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Expanded PrEP Implementation in Communities in NSW
Official Title  ICMJE Impact of the Rapid Expansion of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on HIV Incidence, in a Setting With High HIV Testing and Antiretroviral Treatment Coverage, to Achieve the Virtual Elimination of HIV Transmission by 2020: a NSW HIV Strategy Implementation Project
Brief Summary

A new NSW Ministry of Health HIV Strategy released on 1 December 2015 aims for the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in NSW by 2020. Critical to the new strategy's success is the population-based, targeted roll-out of HIV PrEP. PrEP involves taking one pill daily of co-formulated tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)/ emtricitabine (FTC). This large-scale study aims for the rapid roll-out of TDF/FTC to individuals at high risk of HIV, who will comprise mostly gay and bisexual men (GBM) but will also include small numbers of heterosexuals, injecting drug users, and transgender men and women. The drug will be used according to existing NSW Ministry of Health Guidelines. By rapidly rolling out this new intervention over a 12 month period, and following participants for two years on treatments, a reduction of about 50% in new HIV diagnoses in NSW is expected.

The study aims to assess the incidence of HIV among PrEP study participants and measure the population-level impact of the rapid roll-out of PrEP on HIV diagnoses among GBM in NSW over a two-year period.

It will also evaluate the rate of PrEP uptake among high risk GBM in NSW, assess the incidence of STI (gonorrhoea, chlamydia and infectious syphilis) among people prescribed PrEP and measure the effect of the rapid roll-out of PrEP on the overall number of notifications of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and infectious syphilis in NSW, describe patterns of PrEP use and medication adherence, and monitor behavioural risk practices among PrEP users.

The main population group will be more than 3700 gay men at high risk of HIV infection. All procedures of this study are guided by the NSW Guidelines on PrEP.

Protocol Co-Chairs Professor David Cooper, Professor Andrew Grulich. Project Manager: Barbara Yeung

Detailed Description Not Provided
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Phase 3
Study Design  ICMJE Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Condition  ICMJE
  • HIV
  • STI
Intervention  ICMJE Drug: TDF/FTC
one pill daily
Other Names:
  • Truvada
  • generic TDF/FTC
Study Arms  ICMJE Experimental: treatment
A single open-label arm. All participants receive daily oral pill containing TDF/FTC
Intervention: Drug: TDF/FTC
Publications *

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Active, not recruiting
Actual Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: May 28, 2018)
Original Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 14, 2016)
Estimated Study Completion Date  ICMJE October 2020
Actual Primary Completion Date March 2019   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • HIV negative at enrolment, with a negative HIV test result documented within seven days of initiating PrEP
  • At high and ongoing risk for acquiring HIV infection through sexual exposure (as defined by Behavioural Eligibility criteria presented in Appendix II and online Risk Assessment Questionnaire in Appendix III), OR previously a PrELUDE study participant
  • Aged 18 years or over
  • Live in NSW or ACT or visit NSW or ACT enough to attend clinics for follow-up assessments
  • Willing and able to provide informed consent
  • Medicare ineligible individuals may be enrolled if the clinical service is able to cover the costs of monitoring of the patient

Exclusion Criteria:

  • HIV-1 infected or has symptoms consistent with acute viral infection (If HIV positive status is not confirmed by testing, delay starting PrEP for at least one month and reconfirm negative HIV-1 status).
  • Having an estimated creatinine clearance (glomerular filtration rate [GFR]) <60ml/min
  • Having or developing clinical symptoms suggestive of lactic acidosis or pronounced hepatotoxicity (including nausea, vomiting, unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort, and weakness)
  • Concurrently taking a nephrotoxic agent (e.g., high-dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs / NSAIDs)
  • Allergic to TDF and/or FTC (based on self-report or recorded)
  • Concurrently taking prescribed products containing FTC or TDF including ATRIPLA®, COMPLERA®, EMTRIVA, STRIBILD®, VIREAD, TAF (tenofovir alafenamide), GENVOYA, DESCOVY; other drugs containing lamivudine; HEPSERA
  • Factors or conditions that may compromise a participant's access to health services for follow-up (incarceration or planned relocation and potential absence from NSW or ACT).

Behavioural eligibility criteria as per NSW PrEP guidelines.

Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: Male
Ages  ICMJE 18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE Yes
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE Australia
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT02870790
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE HEPP1511
Has Data Monitoring Committee Yes
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party Kirby Institute
Study Sponsor  ICMJE Kirby Institute
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Study Chair: David Cooper, MD, PhD The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
Study Chair: Andrew Grulich, MD, PhD The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
PRS Account Kirby Institute
Verification Date January 2020

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