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CDC Releases New Guidelines For PrEP

TruvadaThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a new set of guidelines for the use of PrEP as an HIV preventative after having determined that PrEP is an effective method of HIV prevention. Said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention,

While a vaccine or cure may one day end the HIV epidemic, PrEP is a powerful tool that has the potential to alter the course of the U.S. HIV epidemic today. These guidelines represent an important step toward fully realizing the promise of PrEP. We should add to this momentum, working to ensure that PrEP is used by the right people, in the right way, in the right circumstances.

The guidelines acknowledge that PrEP is an additional strategy to be used for HIV prevention, and while over 90% effective at reducing HIV transmission on its own, it is most effective when used in combination with condoms and other risk-reduction practices.

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  1. Unfortunately, a lot of insurance plans don't cover this drug. And it's expensive.

    Posted by: keating | May 15, 2014 10:35:26 AM

  2. You are covered from HIV but you can get : Herpes, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis etc. Use Condoms!

    Posted by: lukebrux | May 15, 2014 10:46:44 AM

  3. Actually, the word is Preventive.

    Posted by: Pdxblueyes | May 15, 2014 10:53:39 AM

  4. Having lost so many people over the years, I think it would be very difficult for me to have unprotected sex with a positive person- even with the advent of PrEP.

    I've already heard that statistically it could be less risk than condom use, but my brain just can't get there.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 15, 2014 10:57:39 AM

  5. Every guy I know who is all excited about PReP is a cum loving bottom who was already "serosorting" and barebacking on bottom.

    Bareback feeling better I get, but cum dumps just turn me off.

    Posted by: qj201 | May 15, 2014 11:34:36 AM

  6. Expect this move--and the increase in condomless sex that will inevitably stem from it--to result in a further surge in other STIs, including ones that are already resistant to antibiotics.

    Posted by: Douglas | May 15, 2014 11:35:33 AM

  7. I got this approved from my PCP and I start taking it today. The prescription is only costing me $30 dollar copay for 30 day script. So basically for $1 dollar a day I can get this medication.

    Posted by: sean | May 15, 2014 11:47:58 AM

  8. Considering that Gilead is making millions if not billions of dollars profit with their HIV meds you'd think they could have spring for a hand model for that photo.

    Posted by: Lu | May 15, 2014 11:49:25 AM

  9. Manicure time!

    Posted by: Doug g | May 15, 2014 11:49:53 AM

  10. Do anything in bed other than anal sex and you can save yourself drugs, money, doctors office visits, condoms, and an early death.

    Posted by: Pandion | May 15, 2014 12:28:57 PM

  11. Looks like the CDC is in on the scam.

    Posted by: #CondomNazi | May 15, 2014 12:55:19 PM

  12. Pandion, I don't understand at all how you're connecting anal sex and all sorts of badness.

    Don't like anal? Don't do it. Don't presume anyone else will agree with you just because you say so.

    Posted by: WOLF | May 15, 2014 12:55:24 PM

  13. Just stop it guys.

    There are now two ways to stop HIV from infecting negative people: condoms and PrEP. PrEP provides the same protection against HIV as condoms. It even provides protection against HIV when used inconsistently -- unlike condoms, which provide none when they aren't used.

    What PrEP *doesn't* do is protect against other STIs. You still need condoms to do that, or limit your sex partners, or have no sex. These STIs, though, are far less destructive than HIV. People need to decide what risk level is acceptable for them.

    This is an incredible advance in the fight against new HIV infections.

    Posted by: Jody | May 15, 2014 1:55:33 PM

  14. PrEP is not effective - only around 40% protection in clinical trials. This effectiveness can be increased if the drug is taken consistently to 90%, but nowhere near the 99% effectiveness of condoms. Critically, PrEP has many side effects including liver and kidney failure. Finally, while condoms protect well against all STD's (even HPV to some extent), PrEP offers no protection against syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, etc. If use along with consistent condom usage, this drug might have some utility; if used instead of condoms, this drug is a harbinger of death, disease, and degredation.

    Posted by: DB | May 15, 2014 3:08:44 PM

  15. Whatever happened to safe sex and monogamy? This is an irresponsible way to avoid HIV.

    Posted by: Clint | May 15, 2014 4:08:51 PM

  16. The CDC study, in no way whatsoever, in no way whatsoever, recommends PrEP as a replacement for condom usage. In fact on Page 47, it reinforces that doctors should be encouraging condom usage.

    If you meet the guidelines for taking it, then get on it.

    But lets be clear....Its not PrEP or condoms. Its PrEP AND condoms. Anyone who says PrEP or condoms misrepresenting the recommendations. Anyone who equates the two is also misrepresenting the CDC report. Condoms are still the recommended manner for all casual anal intercourse between men.

    There aren't two effective ways to engage in safe sex.

    There's just another drug available that is recommended for persons that engage in frequent sex with partners who are either HIV positive or with whom they don't know their status, intravenous drug users, persons with a history of STI's, or persons that refuse to use condoms consistently. But nowhere does it validate or license barebacking.

    Posted by: Tom in Lazybrook | May 15, 2014 8:18:52 PM

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