PrEP should be looked at as “critical component” to address HIV among men who have sex with men, review concludes


HIV News LogoIn a “truly watershed period for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights and freedoms,” in the global north, the few prevention methods that work for men who have sex with men need to rapidly be taken to scale, particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis, Dr. Chris Beyrer writes in a new piece published in Current Opinions in Infectious Diseases.

Of all the recent advancements that have been shown to be effective in preventing HIV, daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been shown to be the most efficacious prevention method for men who have sex with men, after condoms. The landmark iPrEx trial demonstrated 41 percent efficacy among men who have sex with men and transgender women with a regimen that includes Truvada, men_who_sleep_with_menand although additional trials that investigated PrEP in adult men found efficacy, “this striking reality has been little remarked on, perhaps because the HIV community is so intent on finding solutions that will work for all at risk,” Beyrer writes.

He continues, “should we not be rapidly attempting to adapt, use, and scale up this effective intervention for a population for whom no other additional option is currently available?” Only the U.S. has approved the use of daily oral Truvada PrEP for men who have sex with men and others at risk, but no other country that participated in iPrEx, including Thailand, Peru, Brazil, and South Africa, has followed.

PrEP should be looked at as “critical component” to address HIV among men who have sex with men, review concludes | Science Speaks: HIV & TB News.

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