World AIDS Day: PrEP is making a difference in the lives of GBT2Q men in B.C., but are we leaving other groups behind?

published on November 29, 2019 by Rod Knight and Jeffrey Morgan in Georgia Straight

As another World AIDS Day approaches (December 1), we in British Columbia have lots of successes upon which to reflect. This year, Vancouver has seen some of the lowest numbers of new HIV cases—due, in part, to the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by thousands of people across the province.

PrEP—a once-a-day pill that is highly effective at preventing HIV-negative people from contracting the virus—has been publicly available in B.C. for almost two years to those deemed “clinically at risk of HIV infection”, including for men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs. Publicly funded PrEP, which can otherwise cost hundreds of dollars per month, is a testament to the advocacy that affected communities have done to make this life-saving medication widely accessible to those who need it…

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