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Methods Seminar – Tiffany Cvrkel, PhD on The Ethics of PrEP: Vulnerable Populations, Limited Resources, and the Public Good

Tiffany Cvrkel, PhD

Tiffany Cvrkel, PhD
Bioethicist
Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology
University of California, Los Angeles

With evidence mounting that some combinations of antiretroviral agents may be used effectively as “pre-exposure prophylaxis” (PrEP) to prevent the spread of HIV, clinicians, researchers, and policy-makers must now decide when and how to best use this intervention. While the science has been extremely promising, the use of PrEP presents social and ethical challenges. This talk will explore the ethical controversies around the use of PrEP. We will address concerns that members of the public have raised and then discuss ethical issues that have not yet received adequate consideration. By the end of this talk, we will have sorted ethical challenges that can be sufficiently overcome from ethical challenges that still demand further attention.

The CHIPTS’ Methods Core hosts a monthly seminar series, which are one-hour workshops on research and statistical methods.  The seminars are open to HIV researchers, faculty, students, and community. To see previous seminars, check out the Methods Seminar tag or you can find seminar videos on our Youtube Channel! This series is hosted by the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and made possible by funds from the National Institute of Mental Health (MH058107).

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