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Is PrEP the future of HIV prevention?
Aug 7th, 2011 - 14:22:36
Source:* GayCity News*
AUTHOR: Sam Spokony
According to 2008 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), there were approximately 56,300 new HIV infections in the
United States in 2006. That number has remained relatively steady since the
late '90s, and has actually increased overall since the early '90s, when new
infections reached a low of around 50,000 per year. "It's such a striking
statistic," said Dr. Roy Gulick, (director of the Weill Cornell Medical
College HIV Clinical Trials Unit).
"To a lot of people, it means that HIV prevention efforts have not been
working. In particular, the group we've seen a significant increase in
recent years has been young gay men. So it's become clear that we need new
and specific strategies to help them prevent themselves from being
infected." The promising future sought by so many medical professionals who
are combating the AIDS epidemic may lie in the research and development of
pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
An outgrowth of post-exposure prophylaxis (or PEP, a short-term
antiretroviral treatment that has been used since the early '90s to decrease
the likelihood of HIV infection after exposure to the virus, either
occupationally or through sex), PrEP is a similar antiretroviral "drug
cocktail" that could be taken (and in some cases, already is being taken) by
HIV-negative men in order to help prevent them from becoming infected
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