ASTRA and its associated studies, CIPHER and AURAH, present independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research funding scheme (RP-PG-0608-10142).

The studies were some of the components of CAPRA, a programme for the Comprehensive Assessment of the Prevention Role of Antiretroviral therapy.

The studies also received support through the Comprehensive Clinical Research Network.

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CAPRA Final Report

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The CAPRA research programme which underpinned the ASTRA, AURAH and CIPHER studies (among others) produced its final report in November 2017.


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AURAH2 is a longitudinal study that commenced in early 2015 and builds on the work of the AURAH study.

The study uses a web based questionnaire to gather the experiences and opinions from over 1000 gay men who use sexual health centres in London and Brighton. The study will last for three years. Its aim is to help understand sexual health needs and to shape HIV prevention efforts.

AURAH Study Ends

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The AURAH study finished recruiting at the majority of its sites at the end of September 2014. AURAH is a questionnaire study of sexual risk behaviour and attitudes to HIV in undiagnosed individuals who were recruited from 20 sexual health clinics across the UK.

More ASTRA Publications

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A number of papers from the ASTRA study have recently been published in Lancet HIV and PLoS One. They investigate the health-related quality-of-life of HIV positive people, the extent and impact of recreational drug use, and attitudes to starting anti-retroviral treatment early for potential health benefits. Further details are available here.

ASTRA Publications

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The results of the ASTRA study are now being published. The methods paper for the study has recently appeared in PLoS ONE and a number of abstracts have been presented at conferences including EACS 2013, BHIVA 2013, CROI 2013 and HIV11. Further details are available on the publications page.

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