HIV prevention isn't reaching enough people to make a difference


The Department of Health and Human Services launched a national scheme to promote the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, which can prevent HIV infection, by at-risk groups.

In 2017, black women accounted for 59% of new HIV diagnoses among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Racial differences also have occurred with people diagnosed with HIV who have access to retroviral drugs which can reduce the viral load to the point it is undetectable after six months and cannot be transmitted to others. Only 63% of those who knew they had HIV were receiving treatment to control the virus.

With a disproportionate number of black cisgender women in the US becoming HIV positive, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are sharing critical health information through an atypical venue: the emergency room. The pharmacy giants all agreed to donate their drug-dispensing fees for the PrEP medications.

As indicated by a hazard list formulated by the CDC, men who engage in sexual relations with men ought to be encouraged to begin PrEP on the off chance that they have numerous hazard factors, for example, having more than one accomplice for each month or being somewhere in the range of 18 and 28.

Uninsured Central New Yorkers at risk of getting HIV can get a prescription drug that prevents the virus for free under a new federal program.

With U.S. statistics showing almost 40,000 new HIV cases each year, Azar says prevention medicine is key in ending the HIV epidemic over the next 10 years.

"Ready, Set, PrEP is a historic expansion of access to HIV prevention medication and a major step forward in President Trump's plan to end the HIV epidemic in America", Azar said in a news release.

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The CDC report shows that New York State, which has a 41.l percent PrEP usage, leads the nation among states and the estimated percentage of people who could benefit from PrEP who have obtained a doctor's prescription to take it. PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of new infections by up to 97% if taken consistently.

Called "Ready, Set, PrEP" the program is available to anyone testing negative for HIV, holding a valid PrEP prescription, and lacking prescription drug coverage. People can find out their eligibility by calling (855) 447-8410 or visiting PrEP or Truvada, its brand-name counterpart from manufacturer Gilead Sciences-for free. Advocates allege that the CDC holds patents on the use of these pills for HIV prevention and have demanded that the company fund a national PrEP program that includes both free pills and wraparound services such as lab tests and clinical care.

A less expensive, generic version of Truvada is anticipated to enter the market next fall. "However, PrEP coverage among whites was seven times as high as that among blacks and four times as high as that among Hispanics/Latinos, suggesting that PrEP delivery to persons in racial/ethnic minority populations has not been equitable", the report states.

Progress stalled Some cities have made great strides toward ending the HIV epidemic.

There's also dramatic regional variation, with 41% covered in NY, a percentage that drops to single digits in several less wealthy states. And we can end HIV by 2030.

Forty-eight counties, the District of Columbia and San Juan, Puerto Rico, were home to more than 50% of new HIV diagnoses in 2016 and 2017.

Butler characterized the Trump administration's plan to end the HIV epidemic in America as an "ambitious goal", and one that is reachable if testing, treatment, and prevention are scaled up.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.