MTN-025 - HOPE
HIV Open Label Prevention Extension – An open-label follow-on trial to ASPIRE (MTN-020) in which former ASPIRE participants were offered the opportunity to use the dapivirine ring (there was no placebo) in the context of a study designed to collect additional information about safety and how women would use the ring knowing that it was shown to reduce the risk of HIV in ASPIRE. HOPE enrolled 1,456 women at 14 sites in Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Women were free to accept the ring or not, and to change their minds at any time during the study. Results, which were presented at IAS 2019, found that ring was well-tolerated, consistent with the safety profile seen in ASPIRE, and the majority of women from ASPIRE chose the ring being offered. Measures of adherence also indicated they were willing to use the ring to protect themselves against HIV.