San Francisco gears up to offer PrEP to gay men #HIV #AIDS #PrEP
This announcement has to have AHF Director Michael Weinstein ready to spontaneously burst into flames. They’ve tried, unsuccessfully to mount a campaign against Gilead and Truvada with half-truths on it’s effectiveness and the city of San Francisco is apparently well equipped to see through their smokescreen.
From the Bay Area Reporter:
Officials with the National Institutes of Health and San Francisco public health officials are close to finalizing an agreement to launch in early 2012 a demonstration project for usage of pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. The combination pill contains tenofovir and emtricitabine (Gilead Science’s Truvada) and has proven to be highly effective during clinical trials studying its efficacy.
Under the contract, up to 300 men who have sex with men at high risk for contracting HIV would be enrolled in the pilot study. City Clinic would administer the program while Magnet, the gay men’s health center in the Castro, would help identify suitable participants for the study.
“We are anticipating we will be the first municipality to implement a PrEP demonstration project and things are moving forward toward that goal,” Dr. Grant Colfax, the city’s director of HIV prevention, told theBay Area Reporter this week. “We are hoping the demo project would be implemented in the first quarter of 2012.”
The exact funding amount for the National Institutes of Health Implementation Science Study is still being determined. And San Francisco is expected to partner with counterparts in Miami on the study to see if gay men want to use PrEP, and if so, how to safely administer the medical prevention technique.
“We don’t know if people want it,” said Colfax.
The rollout of PrEP has been highly controversial, with some HIV prevention officials worried gay men will use it in order to engage in risky sexual practices. Others are concerned about having gay men take powerful drugs every day and what impacts that may have on their health later in life.
“Certainly, there are a lot of questions about it. I think the real question is once it is on the ground, and we have a program actually offering PrEP, what is the experience of the community for the demand? What is the level of interest in the gay community in using PrEP to prevent HIV?” asked Colfax.
Maybe now with the city of SF thumbing their nose at Weinstein and his unfounded pleas at derailing PrEP he and the AHF will take a minute to remember they’re supposed to be an AIDS health organization that helps people by sponsoring prevention.
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