AMP Stakeholder Dinner To Celebrate Next Frontier of HIV Research

You’ve heard about PrEP, the daily pill that is proven to drastically reduce one’s chances of contracting HIV. The Fenway Institute is excited to be part of the AMP (Antibody Mediated Prevention) Study, a groundbreaking study that has the potential to radically change the way we fight HIV. On May 4 at 6 PM, LGBTQ community leaders, researchers, and HIV advocates will gather at Boston’s Club Café for A New Frontier: Looking Beyond PrEP Toward Antibody Mediated Prevention. We invite you to join us at this stakeholder dinner as we discuss the next historic step towards ending this epidemic in our communities.

“AMP is a scientifically vitally important study,” said Dr. Ken Mayer, Medical Research Director at Fenway Health and Co-Director of The Fenway Institute. “It will provide the first opportunity to evaluate whether infused antibodies can protect against HIV. If we can establish proof of concept, then next generation combination prevention approaches and vaccines can be developed.”

The AMP Study tests an experimental antibody against HIV. Participants are given an antibody to determine if it will protect against HIV infection. AMP is currently enrolling 18-50 year old, HIV uninfected men – both cisgender and transgender – who have sex with men. Participants will be compensated up to $1,800 for their time.

“The AMP Study is truly the next frontier in HIV research. If we are ever going to get to zero new HIV infections, we must create new HIV prevention tools that meet the needs of the modern generation,” noted Dwayne Steward, Manager of Community Engagement and Prevention at The Fenway Institute. “If antibody infusions are shown to prevent HIV, it could lead to revolutionary ways of keeping people from contracting this virus, and could become the next major step towards an HIV-free generation.”

We hope you’ll join us at this wonderful event for LGBTQ community leaders! Please register at www.fenwayhealth.org/ampstudy to attend.

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