Tools & Resources
OPTIONS Tools & Resources
The US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of HIV/AIDS is supporting five interconnected projects on ARV-based HIV prevention product introduction and access, the Microbicide Product Introduction Initiative (MPii) agreements, that run from 2015-2020. For further information on each project please click here.
Tools and resources from the OPTIONS Consortium (unless otherwise indicated) appear below. These materials range from literature reviews and analyses on ARV-based products, to country-specific situational analyses and oral PrEP rollout scenarios, to research presented at major conferences.
OPTIONS End of Project Materials
The end of project materials include a final presentation of the work that the OPTIONS Consortium has conducted over the life of the project and eight workstream briefs that summarize the consortium’s work across different project areas, from youth engagement to demand creation.
- OPTIONS Final Presentation (Prezi)
- Workstream brief series: Youth Engagement, Technical Working Group Engagement, Plan 4 PrEP Toolkit,
Provider Training, Plan 4 PrEP Learning Collaboratives and PrEP Learning Network, PrEP-it, PrEP Communications Accelerator, HIV Prevention Ambassador Training
Governments, donors and other stakeholders in countries at the forefront of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) delivery have encountered several programmatic challenges such as difficulty in setting targets, tracking the continuum of PrEP delivery, and estimating program costs and impact.
PrEP-it, a Microsoft Excel-based tool for oral PrEP implementation planning, monitoring and evaluation, can help! Visit here for much more, including a user guide, tutorial videos, an example worksheet and the tool itself.
Advancing PrEP: Comprehensive and Combined Evaluation of Services for Sex Workers and MSM (ACCESS)
A collaboration between the South Africa NDOH, OPTIONS Consortium and Prevention Market Manager, this study aimed to examine factors affecting clients’ decisions to initiate, continue and/or stop PrEP use; assess service provider knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around oral PrEP delivery; and, examine the effectiveness of oral PrEP marketing and communication mechanisms.
- Factors influencing uptake, continuation and discontinuation of oral PrEP among clients at sex worker and MSM facilities in South Africa – PLOS One
- Presentation — Findings from the ACCESS Study
- Technical Brief — Advancing PrEP: Insights to guide introduction and scale-up
OPTIONS HIV Prevention Ambassador Training Package
Training Curriculum and Peer Education Tools
The OPTIONS Consortium, in collaboration with Collective Action, has developed an HIV Prevention Ambassador Training Package to support adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to play a meaningful role in the rollout of oral PrEP in their communities.
The HIV Prevention Ambassador toolkit includes colorful, 1-page handouts and worksheets in a booklet format that trained HIV Prevention Ambassadors can use to conduct peer support, community discussions, and other activities. The toolkit is designed to accompany the Ambassador Training Package and can be translated into local languages.
More information is available here.
PrEP Communications Accelerator: a digital demand creation tool for sub-Saharan Africa
Online Tool and Supporting Materials
Strategic communications are critical for successful market introduction of PrEP. The PrEP Communications Accelerator is a digital tool that provides communication strategies and tools for generating demand for PrEP across sub-Saharan Africa. It is the first demand generation tool focused on PrEP and can be used for any PrEP formulation.
- PrEP Communications Accelerator One-Pager
- PrEP Communications Accelerator Quick Start Guide
- [Webinar] Driving Demand for PrEP with the PrEP Communications Accelerator — download the slides or view a video recording
- “PrEP Communications Accelerator: A digital demand creation tool for sub-Saharan Africa” – appearing in Sexual Health
Examples of Tool Applications
- PrEP Campaign Materials from Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe
- PrEP Campaign Materials from Kiambu County, Kenya
Provider Training Package: Effective Delivery of Oral PrEP for Adolescent Girls and Young Women
Several Training Modules and Related Materials
The slides have been developed for all categories of healthcare providers involved in the provision of PrEP. The slides are adaptable depending on the participants and have been developed with this flexibility in mind. Please use the slide package as a guide and resource and adapt it to fit the needs of your country, participants and available time. All tools available here.
Significant resources have created strong ‘test and treat’ programs globally. What about those who test negative? How can we ensure that they are given the best preventive tools to maintain their negative status? The OPTIONS Consortium envisions equally strong ‘test and prevent’ programs that link negative individuals to preventive programs in ways that work for them.
In 2020, a Test-And-Prevent Analysis was completed where FSG identified practices for linking individuals from HIV testing to HIV prevention. This work aims to identify interventions that are effective, enabling conditions that support linkage and remaining questions. Read more in the full report and the manuscript published in Global Health: Science and Practice.
PrEP Costing Guidelines
The PrEP Costing Guidelines provide a framework for estimating the cost of providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for preventing the acquisition of HIV infection. They are intended to provide a PrEP-specific resource for costing that could be accessible to individuals tasked with collecting, evaluating, and utilizing cost data, and who may have differing levels of familiarity with economics.
The PrEP Costing Guidelines have three principal aims: (1) Support the estimation of the full and incremental total cost and unit cost of adding PrEP to existing HIV or other health services; (2) Address some of the challenges faced by costing experts who are specifically assessing the costs of PrEP; and, (3) Improve the quality, interpretation and use of PrEP cost estimates through improved consistency and transparency of methods, assumptions and reporting.
Reaching High Risk Women for PrEP: Learning from ARV-based HIV prevention trials
This study aims to apply the experience of clinical trial staff working in ARV-based HIV prevention trials and applying this programmatically to help identify and reach women most at risk for HIV with PrEP messaging. View a presentation on the findings or read the write-up in PLOS ONE.
Country Level Analysis: Situation Analyses, Landscape Analyses, Private Sector Analyses, PrEP Rollout Analyses, and Analyses Templates
OPTIONS Integrated Service Delivery Analysis
Completed in March 2020, this analysis presents finding on the integration of oral PrEP into family planning services for AGYW in sub-Saharan Africa. This analysis builds on the product introduction framework developed by OPTIONS to support national rollout and scale-up of oral PrEP, and introduces an adapted framework to identify enabling factors for service integration. The framework was developed based on insights from seven countries: South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, Uganda and Zambia.
Kenya Market Intelligence
Market research for different populations in Kenya provide key insights and communications implications for oral PrEP demand creation.
- Adolescent Girls and Young Women (April 2018)
- Men Who Have Sex With Men (July 2018)
- Female Sex Workers (July 2018)
- Key Insights and Communications Implications for Oral PrEP Demand Creation Among People who Inject Drugs in Kenya (November 2018)
- Key Insights and Communications Implications for Oral PrEP Demand Creation Among Serodiscordant Couples in Kenya (November 2018)
Community Dialogues: Potential users’ perspectives on oral PrEP in Zimbabwe
In August and September 2017, 670 people participated in 21 community dialogues in eight of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces. Program designers engaged the participants in discussions about their perceptions of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention and what they thought would encourage or discourage its use. The insights gained from these dialogues will inform the development of a comprehensive communications strategy to support the scale-up of oral PrEP in Zimbabwe.
OPTIONS Plan 4 PrEP Toolkit — Helping Countries Plan for Oral PrEP Rollout
Oral PrEP Private Sector Landscape Analyses — Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe
FSG, as part of the OPTIONS Consortium, reviewed existing publicly available literature and conducted interviews with relevant organizations to explore two major questions: to what extent does private sector health care reach women and girls at risk for HIV and what can be done to leverage this opportunity to deliver oral PrEP through the private sector.
The objective of this research, conducted in three OPTIONS priority countries, is to support planning by country governments, international donors and implementing agencies by better understanding the opportunities and considerations for delivering oral PrEP through the private sector.
Communications and Implementation Materials from Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe
Introducing Oral PrEP in Zimbabwe: Findings from community dialogues with potential users
In an attempt to better understand how oral PrEP could be scaled up in Zimbabwe, a total of 21 community dialogues were conducted in five out of the ten provinces of Zimbabwe. Target populations included adolescent girls and young women, adolescent boys and young men, female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender populations, adult men, adult women, pregnant and lactating women, influential leaders, students in tertiary institutions, internally displaced populations and people living with HIV.
Key findings are presented in three main categories namely: community perceptions of oral PrEP; facilitators and barriers to PrEP uptake and adherence; and preferred service delivery models and communication channels for PrEP.
Related materials available on our Zimbabwe page.
Oral PrEP Implementation Pack from South Africa (Policy, Site Selection, Communications, M&E, Etc.)
This Implementation Pack provides a comprehensive overview of South Africa’s roll-out of oral PrEP, from policy creation and site selection, to communications materials and M&E reporting processes. All materials used in the launch of oral PrEP to sex workers are included in this Pack. South Africa is the first country on the African continent to implement oral PrEP outside of studies and demonstration projects. This Pack is intended to provide insight into the National Department of Health’s (NDoH) roll-out process. The Implementation Pack was created by the NDoH and its supporting partners responsible for South Africa’s oral PrEP roll-out.
South Africa PrEP Information, Education, Communication (IEC) Materials for MSM, Sex Workers, and University Women
The OPTIONS consortium supported the National Department of Health, South Africa, with the development of information, education and communication (IEC) materials for the launch of oral PrEP for female sex workers, men who have sex with men and university students. These materials were designed with inputs from local South African sex worker, MSM and youth programs. They have been well received by the target audiences.
- Materials from the We are the Generation That Will End HIV campaign
Oral PrEP in Kenya: Abstract Book, Framework for Implementation, Communications Landscape Analysis
The Introduction of Oral PrEP in Kenya
Kenya has been at the forefront of introducing oral PrEP. It has been the site of numerous demonstration projects, is currently hosting a large-scale implementation project called Jilinde, and in May 2017 initiated a nation-wide rollout of oral PrEP. The timeline below captures key milestones in the PrEP introduction journey in Kenya, and offers a window into the many challenges and successes along the way.
Kenya PrEP and Self-Testing Abstract Book
This abstract book brings together a wealth of information on the experiences, best practices and lessons learned from some of the PrEP and Self-Testing pilot and demonstration projects in Kenya. The main aim is to support national implementation of PrEP and HIV Self-Testing, by highlighting what has worked well and finding solutions for what may not have worked well.
Framework for the Implementation of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis of HIV in Kenya
In May 2017, Kenya’s Ministry of Health introduced pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an addition to existing HIV prevention interventions. This framework for implementation of PrEP for HIV in Kenya aims to provide guidance on the rollout of PrEP in Kenya. The target audience include policy makers, national and county governments, health program managers, regulatory authorities, health providers, potential PrEP users and the general population.
Kenya PrEP Communications Landscape Analysis
As the first step in a larger market preparation and communications plan, McCann Global Health (a member of the OPTIONS consortium) has conducted a landscape analysis of available information and knowledge on the demand creation and uptake of PrEP among vulnerable populations in Kenya, including serodiscordant couples, adolescent girls and young women, men who have sex with men, female sex workers and people who inject drugs. In addition to vulnerable populations, McCann also researched health care workers as the gatekeepers to HIV prevention products, services and information.
The objective of the landscape analysis is to uncover and/or confirm key findings, insights, tension points, gaps and needs for further investigation. Click below to view the full landscape analysis and the shorter gap analysis.
The OPTIONS Consortium, in collaboration with the National Department of Health, created five short, powerful videos that encourage PrEP as an acceptable HIV prevention method for adolescent girls and young women. Watch them here.
Literature Reviews and Summaries for Oral PrEP
Adherence Metrics in the Oral PrEP Clinical Trials: Literature Review & Trends and Takeaways
OPTIONS reviewed all oral PrEP studies that assess adherence with the aim of addressing the following question: Which adherence metrics are the most reliable for measuring adherence, and how do we know they are reliable? The literature review includes collation of studies by adherence metric, as well as efficacy and PK data for different modes of transmission.
Oral PrEP and Microbicides Literature Review and Gap Analysis: Impact, Cost, Cost-Effectiveness, Drug Resistance
OPTIONS developed a literature review of studies, reviews and analyses focused on the impact, cost, cost-effectiveness, drug resistance and other parameters of both oral PrEP and microbicides. The aim of the review was to identify the scope of the completed oral PrEP and microbicide modeling as part of an assessment to identify current modeling needs. Findings from the literature review were then used to create a gap analysis that will inform future modeling work.
Dapivirine Ring Resources
The Dapivirine Ring Introduction Matrix
The ring introduction matrix is an early-stage implementation tool intended to help policymakers and implementers consider the introduction of the dapivirine ring alongside oral PrEP.
Dapivirine Ring Early Introduction Considerations — Seven Country Analysis
The OPTIONS Consortium conducted secondary research and interviews with key stakeholders in several countries to understand questions about the ring that could inform demonstration and processes for introducing new biomedical HIV prevention products. Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa were prioritized for analysis due to the state of the HIV epidemic in each country and experience with ring trials. Interviews comprised a mix of policymakers, civil society representatives, donors, implementing partners and trial contributors.
Dapivirine Ring Literature Reviews: Modeling and Social/Behavioral Factors Influencing Ring Use
OPTIONS developed a literature review of studies, reviews and analyses focused on social and behavioral factors influencing dapivirine ring use. The aim of the review was to identify the scope of the completed and ongoing projects to help inform future work OPTIONS and other partners will undertake with the ring. Additionally, the team completed a literature review of modeling work that has been completed for the dapivirine ring. The aim of the review was to gain an understanding of what has already been completed to feed into modeling work that OPTIONS is currently undertaking.
- Dapivirine Ring Social Behavioral Literature Review
- Dapivirine Ring Social Behavioral Literature Review Bibliography
- Dapivirine Ring Modeling Literature Review
- Dapivirine Ring Modeling Literature Review Bibliography
Dapivirine Ring: The Case for Action
This report was written by FSG (a member of the OPTIONS Consortium) for national governments, donors, implementers and advocates who are planning for the launch of the monthly dapivirine ring.
The monthly dapivirine ring is the first discrete, long-acting, HIV-prevention product designed specifically for women. It is a flexible, silicone vaginal ring that provides sustained release of the antiretroviral (ARV) drug dapivirine over one month to reduce the risk of HIV-1 acquisition. The ring is safe and reduces HIV risk.
The ring is now being provided in two open-label extension (OLE) studies, HOPE and DREAM, in four countries (South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Uganda) to previous Phase III trial participants. Regulatory submissions are under way to license the product for use in countries where women face the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. First approvals in Africa could come as soon as early 2019.
Dapivirine Ring Compendium of End-User Insights
Download a summary of existing end-user research findings related to the ring and gaps remaining, all in a digestible compendium.
Oral PrEP Provider Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Resources
OPTIONS Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Survey of PrEP Providers
The OPTIONS team conducted a review of studies, both completed and ongoing, that include knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) surveys in sub-Saharan Africa. These surveys gather information from providers and potential providers of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) who work with adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). The review shows a need for further PrEP provider KAP surveys, and outlines specific gaps to be addressed by future research.
OPTIONS General KAP Quantitative Survey Template
Quantitative survey (template) to collect knowledge, attitudes and practiced behaviors around oral PrEP from health care providers.
Materials from GEMS (an MPii Project)
ART Considerations for Individuals with Recent PrEP Use
This brief provides an overview of key findings from modeling the impact of drug resistance with PrEP, conducted by the Global Evaluation of Microbicide Sensitivity (GEMS) project. It is intended to support policymakers as they develop the most appropriate first-line ART treatment recommendations during PrEP rollout. Read more.
HIV Testing Strategies in PrEP Clients
The GEMS project created this factsheet to serve as tool for policy makers and PrEP project implementers to identify HIV testing strategies specific to their PrEP program; including the use of more sensitive HIV testing methods to identify acute HIV infection. Read more.
Tools for Drug Resistance Monitoring in PrEP Programs from GEMS
The following toolkit materials are designed to assist ministries of health, project implementers and policy makers develop drug resistance monitoring programs within PrEP projects and national programs. For more on the GEMS project, click here.
- PrEP and Drug Resistance Factsheet for Policy Makers
- PrEP and Drug Resistance Factsheet for Health Care Workers
- Acute Seroconversion Assessment Checklist
- DBS Job Aid for Resistance Testing
- PrEP and Drug Resistance Training Slides
- Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan for Drug Resistance Programs
POWER Formative Work Report & Other Resources
Young women in sub-Saharan Africa have among the highest HIV incidence rates globally. However, in the context of placebo-controlled trials of oral and topical PrEP, young women have had lower PrEP uptake and adherence than others, making this population of particular importance. The POWER Study aims to characterize choice, uptake, early adherence and, through open cohorts in a demonstration projects, seeks to identify cost-effective and scalable delivery models to this key population.
- Prevention Options for Women Evaluation Research (POWER) Formative Work Report
- POWER Cohort Introductory Video
Addressing Gender to Ensure Effective PrEP Introduction
As new HIV prevention methods are rolled out, women, girls, men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender people will face barriers to product access and use that stem from cultural norms, lack of power in relationships and society, and limited access to resources. Gender analyses conducted in Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe identified ways to address these potential barriers during PrEP introduction. Most critically, PrEP introduction plans must prioritize a rights-based, positive approach that normalizes use of the new products and makes them available to those who need them most. OPTIONS created a technical brief with recommendations for addressing these potential barriers.
MPii Microbicide Stakeholder Updates
For more information and updates on the work being done under the MPii agreements, subscribe to the MPii e-blast.