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Agatha Bula, PhD

Training Years: 2017-2018

Training Site: UNC Project-Malawi

Country: Malawi

Mentors: Jennifer Tang; Amanda Corbett

Title: Evaluation of the effect of Efavirenz on Levonorgestrel pharmacokinetics over 24 weeks among HIV-infected women using the Levonorgestrel contraceptive implant

Project Objectives:

Hypothesis: We hypothesize that the 24-week mean LNG concentration among EFV 400 mg users will be at least 33% higher than the 24-mean LNG concentration previously found among EFV 600 mg users who were using the LNG implant because of decreased EFV exposure and pharmacokinetic parameters.

Aim 1: To evaluate the effect of Efavirenz (EFV) on Levonorgestrel (LNG) concentrations among 22 HIV-infected women who are using the LNG contraceptive implant and taking EFV 400 mg daily over 24 weeks of drug co-administration.

NIH Support:  Fogarty scholars doctoral training award

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