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FILE - In this May 10, 2012, file photo, a doctor holds Truvada pills at her office in San Francisco. New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs, such as Truvada, as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus. Truvada has been shown to help prevent infection when one partner has the virus and one does not, but the evidence so far has been strongest for male-female couples. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Happy Tuesday FB friends and family. I am a sole believer for educating and promoting awareness in Baltimore and beyond about HIV Prevention but I have several issues with this article that was featured on Fox’s webpage written by Marilynn Marchion, AP Chief Medical Writer and also Fox news reporter Patrice Sanders reported this topic this morning, titled “AIDS drugs show more promise for preventing more infections”

  • PrEP is not for AIDS prevention, it’s HIV Prevention and it’s not only for gay men.

  • It’s HIV Prevention for any individual who is at risk.
  • It’s not new and was FDA approved in July 2012…. this important prevention tool has been around and available for 6 years.
  • It’s approval was based on two clinical studies iPrex and Partners PrEP that included both gay men and heterosexual’s at risk, those interested can read these studies through the CDC website by clicking on this link.

Also PrEP is not 100% effective in preventing HIV based on the clinical trials that led to Truvada’s approval by the FDA. Effectiveness is up to 92% when the medicine is being taken daily.

I challenge Fox45 news Baltimore to properly feature correct and appropriate PrEP information by inviting a HIV/PrEP specialist or the Baltimore City Health Commissioner to speak on such an important topic. HIV is a public health crisis in Baltimore averaging almost 1 new infection per day in 2015. HIV Prevention is Primary Prevention such as the Flu vaccine and the community needs the facts.

By Christopher Roberson, NP and HIV Specialist in Baltimore, Maryland

This is a was taken from Chris’ Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press