September 11, 2015

Blacks Lack Awareness of PrEP for Preventing HIV

This post originally appeared on The Black AIDS Institute.

Leading up to the 2015 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the Black AIDS Institute hosted the National Black PrEP Summit to raise awareness about the new treatment that some AIDS activists have called a game changer in fighting the epidemic.

Studies have shown that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) reduces the risk of HIV infection by up to 92 percent for people who take the medicine consistently, compared to people who do not take it all.

Community stakeholders, health care advocates, HIV/AIDS researchers and physicians attended the day-long assembly featuring an overview of the latest PrEP research, a guide to the health-insurance marketplace and access to care, and sessions designed to share PrEP-uptake best practices with patients and health-care providers. Summit participants also met in smaller groups throughout the day to discuss a number of topics, including social and cultural issues affecting PrEP’s adoption among different groups.

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