It’s time to bring HIV prevention drugs out of the closet

Article as MSNBC web published 07/06/2014 by Kelsey Louie

May 14 should have been PrEP’s big coming out moment. That’s when the federal government issued new guidelines urging doctors to adopt the use of PrEP – a powerful tool that when used daily is over 90% effective in preventing new HIV infections. But for most gay Americans, the news hardly registered.

As a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate, I was puzzled. After all, these guidelines represent a huge victory for HIV prevention advocates who have championed PrEP’s wider use since its initial FDA approval in 2012. The U.S. Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the treatment be prescribed for a number of at-risk populations, including men who have sex with other men who have practiced condomless sex, people whose partners are HIV-positive, and people whose partners are at high-risk for infection.

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