The Network for Multidisciplinary Studies on ARV-Based Prevention of the Sexual Transmission of HIV, NEMUS, emerged in 2013 as a result of the increasing need for various kinds of evidence to generate a network of researchers, policy makers and activities interested in this topic, and to provide a platform for evidence based information sharing and collaboration for the advancement of ARV-based HIV prevention interventions and their implementation as needed, particularly Pre- and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP, respectively).
Disseminate research evidence, lessons learned and relevant policy changes.
Foster discussion of opportunities and challenges for implementation of PrEP and ARV-based prevention, based on existing as well as new evidence generated by individual projects.
Develop resources for interdisciplinary collaboration in: • Design and implementation of policy studies and/or demonstration projects focused on the inclusion of PrEP and ARV-based prevention in combination HIV prevention programs; • Design of concepts for relevant implementation science, e.g.: - social impact of PrEP scale-up; - modelling of Combination Prevention effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.
Facilitate research collaborations on its focus topics, e.g.: • Comparison of the results of similar studies across countries; • Diversification of studies to cover various dimensions/models of ARV-based prevention programs & various target populations.
The Network Secretariat has been established at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality, AIDS and Society at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, with participation of Prof. Carlos F. Cáceres (Coordinator); Pedro Goicochea, Cadi Moy, Miguel Lozano and Juan Guanira. The Secretariat works in close coordination with the WHO HIV Department, UNAIDS and an increasing number of partners.
International Advisory Committee
NEMUS has established an International Advisory Committee comprised of leaders and scholars in the field of HIV prevention, including:
Linda-Gail Bekker, Desmond Tutu HIV Center, South Africa
Peter Godfrey-Faussett, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, Switzerland
Andrew Grulich, Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, UNSW, Australia
Timothy Hallett, Imperial College London, UK
Catherine Hankins, Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development, AIGHD, The Netherlands
Kenneth Mayer, Fenway Institute, USA
Fabio Mesquita, Ministério da Saúde, Brasil
Papa-Salif Sow, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Mitchell Warren, Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, AVAC, USA
Kevin O’Reilly, on behalf of the HIV Department, World Health Organization, Switzerland