HRC gets on board, endorses PrEP #HIV #AIDS #PrEP
While it’s great that the Human Rights Campaign has thrown their weight behind endorsing PrEP, it’s continually dismaying to me that reporting on PrEP is prefaced with the word “controversial”. It’s not controversial and no single, major organization is saying so. Other than Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. He’s been the sole voice, sitting in his patriarchal chair, looking at us all over the top of his glasses and wagging his finger with the message of, “you clearly don’t know what I do. I’m acting in your best interest. Trust me.”
Yeah, I’ll pass on that thanks and stick with the recommendations of the CDC, WHO and my own doctor.
To help stem the tide and stop the epidemic in its tracks, HRC is endorsing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – an HIV prevention strategy that includes taking anti-HIV medication to significantly reduce the risk of contracting HIV. Specifically, HRC is explicitly endorsing the use of Truvada, the only brand name anti-HIV drug combination currently approved for PrEP.
When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent.
It is important to note that HRC’s recommendation applies especially to populations deemed most vulnerable to HIV infection. Truvada is not right for all individuals, and any medical decision should be made in concert with a knowledgeable healthcare provider.
It is also important to understand that Truvada does not provide protection against other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). With STDs such as syphilis on the rise, and with their capacity to lead to life-threatening conditions if untreated, it’s essential for sexually active individuals to protect themselves and always engage in safer sex practices and get tested regularly.
HRC has released a policy paper supporting PrEP and calling on insurers, regulators, and drug manufacturers to make PrEP available to all medically-qualified individuals, regardless of socioeconomic barriers.
Sadly, you can see on the HRC site comments that people are actually believing the misinformation about PrEP and challenging Eric Paul Leue’s comment on the piece. For the record, Leue is probably one of the most informed non-medical people out there on the subject (and I have no shame in admitting he knows more than I do, and I know plenty…)
PrEP and Truvada suffer from a major campaign of misinformation, and until that’s cleared up there’s going to be a continual battle of the Truvada Whores and We Who Know Better. Come on, guys…really? My choice to be on Truvada, as well as anyone who takes the steps to protect themselves against seroconversion should be heralded as a great step. We know our status, we’re taking steps to keep it that way. Time ought to spent on those who don’t know their status, and have no desire to find out either. Those are the most at risk people who need the attention and care, not time wasted on the “Truvada is great” – “Truvada sucks” war.