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Characterization of Physicians That Might Be Reluctant to Propose HIV Cure-Related Clinical Trials with Treatment Interruption to Their Patients? The ANRS-APSEC Study

Abstract : HIV cure-related clinical trials (HCRCT) with analytical antiretroviral treatment interruptions (ATIs) have become unavoidable. However, the limited benefits for participants and the risk of HIV transmission during ATI might negatively impact physicians' motivations to propose HCRCT to patients. Between October 2016 and March 2017, 164 French HIV physicians were asked about their level of agreement with four viewpoints regarding HCRCT. A reluctance score was derived from their answers and factors associated with reluctance identified. Results showed the highest reluctance to propose HCRCT was among physicians with a less research-orientated professional activity, those not informing themselves about cure trials through scientific literature, and those who participated in trials because their department head asked them. Physicians' perceptions of the impact of HIV on their patients' lives were also associated with their motivation to propose HCRCT: those who considered that living with HIV means living with a secret were more motivated, while those worrying about the negative impact on person living with HIV's professional lives were more reluctant. Our study highlighted the need to design a HCRCT that minimizes constraints for participants and for continuous training programs to help physicians keep up-to-date with recent advances in HIV cure research.
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Christel Protière, Lisa Fressard, Marion Mora, Laurence Meyer, Marie Préau, et al.. Characterization of Physicians That Might Be Reluctant to Propose HIV Cure-Related Clinical Trials with Treatment Interruption to Their Patients? The ANRS-APSEC Study. Vaccines, MDPI, 2020, 8 (2), pp.334. ⟨10.3390/vaccines8020334⟩. ⟨inserm-03099650⟩

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