Media Coverage of PrEP

June 2019

  • Expert Panel Recommends PrEP for HIV Prevention — The US Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation today calling on health care providers to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to men and women at high risk of acquiring HIV. The Affordable Care Act requires private insurers to cover preventive services recommended by the USPSTF with an “A” or “B” rating.

May 2019

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February 2019

  • To Halt HIV, Advocates Push For PrEP Outreach To Black Women — In 2013, not quite a year after the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Truvada for HIV prevention, a coalition of 50 experts in HIV and women's health called on US public health agencies to promote the pill and its approach, called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, explicitly to women.

January 2019

  • Everything You Need to Know About HIV and PrEP — PrEP can be a valuable tool for women of all experiences who either can’t or don’t want to negotiate condom use with their partners. In July of 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada, a daily pill, for HIV prevention among adults who are at high risk of getting the infection. Earlier this year, the FDA approved Truvada for PrEP for adolescents. People aged 13 to 24 accounted for 21 percent of new infections in 2016 and the majority of those infections were among black and Hispanic youth.

December 2018

  • Informal PrEP: An emerging need for nomenclature — Different expressions are used to describe the process of informal access to antiretroviral drugs for PrEP: “informal use”, “informal PrEP”, “off-label PrEP”, “non-prescribed PrEP”, “DIY PrEP”, and “wild PrEP”. This lack of consistent nomenclature makes it difficult to develop an accurate understanding of the nature of the process and its public health implications. To improve consistency for future research and public health initiatives, this process should be referred to as informal PrEP.
  • How An HIV Prevention Pill Is Changing Sexual Behaviour Among Men — PrEP is great at blocking HIV, but as its use grows, so do fears that people will be more sexually reckless and spread other STIs. But researchers are coming to think that the opposite could be true.
  • Highlights of HIVR4P 2018 — Laura Fitch (AVAC) presented data from AVAC's global PrEP tracker, showing that in the first quarter of 2018, 309,525 people were initiated on oral PrEP. The tracker captures data from ongoing and planned oral PrEP demonstration projects, implementation initiatives and national programmes, and probably underestimates the number of people beginning oral PrEP, particularly in Asia.
  • Getting PrEP to the People: Opportunities, challenges and examples of successful health services models of PrEP implementation - Sexual Health published a special issue featuring 17 articles focused on the opportunities and challenges for health service providers engaged in PrEP prescribing.

November 2018

  • PrEPcost.org Launches - This site matches individuals who are interested in PrEP to eligible health plans and provides comparative pricing. PrEPcost.org is designed for both PrEP users and health care providers to make it easy to navigate the insurance options and find the best plans available.

October 2018

August 2018

  • PrEP Spreads Across Africa – Slowly - Pilot PrEP projects have been underway in some African countries for several years. But it has only been since late 2017 that some countries have started serious PrEP availability programmes for wider populations.

July 2018

June 2018

  • Rising Cost Of PrEP To Prevent HIV Infection Pushes It Out Of Reach For Many - Public health officials are expanding efforts to get the HIV prevention pill into the hands of those at risk, in a nationwide effort to curb infections. But the officials are hitting roadblocks — the drug's price tag, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage that put a heftier financial burden on patients.
  • Stigma May Keep Women from Using HIV-prevention Drugs - Fear of others thinking they’re promiscuous, or that they’re already infected with HIV, is a barrier to many women who might benefit from pills that help prevent the infection, a US study suggests.

May 2018

  • FDA Approves Truvada as PrEP for Adolescents at Risk for HIV - The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approval of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV to include adolescents. Truvada was approved as an HIV prevention method in 2012 but only for individuals age 18 and older. The new approval expands this indication to include adults and adolescents at risk for HIV.
  • Early PrEP Uptake in Africa Study Gives Support for Possibility of Wider Acceptance - New findings show that nearly a fifth of adults whose risk for HIV infection made them eligible for free PrEP started taking the drug within 30 days — according to a study examining the impacts of health interventions across communities in two East African countries. The study’s authors conclude that this provides further evidence that widespread roll out of PrEP to individuals at high risks for infection across resource-limited communities is feasible.

March 2018

  • HIV Prevention Drug PrEP Will be Listed on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - Australia's federal government has announced it will list an effective HIV prevention drug on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, starting next month. Health Minister Greg Hunt today confirmed that pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, would be government subsidized from April 1.
  • A Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV Infections. Why Don’t More People Use It? - There’s no question that a simple regimen of a single daily pill can slash HIV infections in people at risk. But although millions of people around the world could benefit, only 200,000 are prescribed PrEP, and 75 percent of them are in the United States. The disparity was the focus of anguished discussions this week at the largest annual US HIV/AIDS conference.
  • Mapping PrEP: First ever data on PrEP users across the US - The Center for AIDS Research at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health produces interactive online maps with visualized data on different aspects of the US HIV epidemic, and its prevention and treatment response, at AIDSVu.org. This set of maps and statistics focuses on PrEP use nationally and by state from 2012-2016.

February 2018

January 2018

  • Paperwork Begins for Possibly Introducing HIV Prevention Pill (Guyana) - A regional publication from Guyana, Demerara Waves, reports on considerations to bring PrEP to Guyana. The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is gathering required documentation for the ministry of public health and a demonstration project to administer PrEP to gay men and men who have sex with men is possible as early as 2019.

December 2017

September 2017

  • Experts Concur that Event-related Oral PrEP Probably Won’t Work for Women - Presenting at the International AIDS Society Conference, Bob Grant said that although that there was abundant evidence that PrEP did protect cisgender women from infection, it looked like six to seven doses a week, i.e. daily PrEP and good adherence, would be needed to fully protect them.
  • Health Dept to Place New HIV Prevention at Uni - iafrica.com reports on a decision by South Africa’s Department of Health to roll out PrEP to its university system. An initiative of the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) is making PrEP available to students for the first time. PrEP will be available in 11 clinics at seven universities. Up to now, government programs have been aimed at reaching sex workers and men who have sex with men.

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

  • Providers Who Prescribe PrEP Don't See Most Patients Increasing Risky Sexual Behavior - A new study examining medical provider attitudes toward prescribing PrEP to prevent HIV found that those who already prescribe it do not see widespread increases in risky sexual behavior among their patients as a result.
  • PrEP is Approved in Scotland - The Scottish Medicines Consortium announced that it had accepted tenofovir disoproxil/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC – Truvada) for use within the Scottish National Health Service as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection.
  • PrEP Should be Given to All Breastfed Babies, Researchers Say - An international group of researchers involved in the ANRS 12174 randomised controlled trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for infants say that it is high time we started giving PrEP to all breastfed babies of HIV-positive mothers in countries where the likelihood of transmission via breastfeeding remains significant.

March 2017

  • Tshwane Men to Get the HIV Prevention Pill - Men who have sex with men will soon be able to get the HIV prevention pill in Tshwane. As of April 1, men who have sex with men will be able to get PrEP from a Hatfield clinic in central Pretoria. The clinic is run by health advocacy organization OUT LGBT Well-being, which already provides HIV prevention services, such as a needle exchange program, to people at high risk of HIV.

February 2017

December 2016

October 2016

September 2016

  • New York Clinic Outlines How to Improve Uptake of PrEP by Transgender People - Rolling out PrEP right. aidsmap reporter Roger Pebody recently published a careful look at how one New York City clinic brought PrEP to a transgender community. Pebody’s story documents the steps taken by the Callen-Lourde Community Health Center to navigate the fault lines of a marginalized people and deliver a potent tool for HIV prevention.
  • Nationwide PrEP Search Engine Debuts at US Conference on AIDS - Emory University and partners have developed a new web-based directory of PrEP providers across the US. The search engine can be used to help people find physicians or clinics in their area that will prescribe TDF/FTC as oral PrEP.

August 2016

  • PrEP Introduction for Adolescent Girls and Young Women - In a commentary in Lancet HIV, authors Mathur, Pilgrim and Pulerwitz from the Population Council propose a framework that outlines the range of factors and actors to consider when designing PrEP introduction strategies for adolescent girls and young women.
  • HIV Prevention Drug Truvada Won't Be Subsidised in Australia - A major Australian newspaper reports that the nation's drug funding panel has ruled PrEP will not be funded by taxpayers in Australia this year, The department of health announced that the price set by the drug's sponsor, Gilead Sciences, was too high.
  • NHS Can Fund 'Game-changing' PrEP HIV Drug, Court Says - AIDS campaigners are celebrating a victory after a court ruled that NHS England can pay for “game-changer” drugs that prevent people being infected with HIV by their partners.

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

  • University of California Launches First in the Nation PrEP Demo Project in Transgender People - The California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) of the University of California announced that it has awarded grants to provide and evaluate PrEP among transgender people at risk for HIV acquisition in California. This is the first PrEP demonstration project in the US to focus exclusively on transgender people.
  • NHS To Reconsider Its Decision Not To Provide The HIV Prevention Drug - The NHS in England is to reconsider its controversial decision not to provide Truvada for HIV prevention.
  • PrEP Pricing Problems - James Krellenstein and Jeremiah Johnson write in the April issue of TAGline about the high cost of PrEP as a deterrent to increased uptake. They discuss problems with Gilead’s medical and co-pay assistance program (MAP/CAP), the company’s reluctance to prioritize PrEP and how Gilead is “profiting from its PrEP monopoly”. The article ends with recommendations for Gilead which include increasing CAP contribution and aggressively promoting CAP and MAP.
  • Gilead Statement on the Approval of PrEP in Peru - The Peru Ministry of Health has approved the use of fixed-dose combination of tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate and emtricitabine for PrEP.

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

  • Dramatic Increase in Preexposure Prophylaxis Use Among MSM in Washington State - Using data from an annual survey conducted at the Seattle Pride Parade (2009-2015), authors of an article published in AIDS found that PrEP awareness and use among MSM in Seattle, Washington was high in 2015. In 2012 to 2015, among high-risk MSM, PrEP awareness increased from 13 percent to 86 percent and PrEP use increased from 5 percent to 31 percent.
  • Approval of Truvada a Game Changer in Anti-HIV/AIDS Effort - Wanjiru Mukoma of LVCT Health applauds the recent approval of Truvada by Kenya and stresses that developing guidelines, fighting stigma and collaborating with stakeholders is key to an efficient integration of PrEP in health services.

December 2015

  • When Can We Expect PrEP 2.0? - Benjamin Ryan of POZ discusses what's in the PrEP pipeline, looking forward to long-acting injectables and drugs less toxic than Truvada.
  • Why Don't Women Know About This Lifesaving Drug? - 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States are women. Naveen Kumar of Refinery29 discusses why more women aren’t talking about PrEP—despite the fact that it's been FDA-approved since 2012—and the potential PrEP has to improve women’s health.

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

  • Millions More Need HIV Treatment, WHO Says - The World Health Organization issued sweeping new guidelines on Wednesday that could put millions more people on HIV drugs than are now getting them. The recommendations could go a long way toward halting the epidemic, health officials say, but would cost untold billions of dollars not yet committed.
  • ITM Launches Study on a Preventative Drug for HIV - The Institute for Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp has launched the Be-PrEP-ared study, the first Flemish research project on the applicability of preventative HIV medication. The researchers hope that the study, which focuses on gay men, can help to reduce the high number of new HIV infections among the target group.

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