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Word on the Street: PrEP Use by Gay and Bisexual Men

October 16, 2012


Kathie Hiers

Kathie Hiers

CEO, AIDS Alabama

Well, you know, I think that PrEP and all of the other biomedical interventions are fabulous. You know, in my opinion, it gives us one more tool in the toolbox. And, while I'm very excited about the science, I also am very grounded in the reality that, in places like Alabama, we don't even have enough funding to buy medications for people living with HIV disease. We have a waiting list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. So, I want everyone to have access to whatever means they can reach to prevent HIV infections, so I don't want to come off that "I'm opposed to PrEP." I'm not. I think, for people who know they're in a high risk situation, it's a wonderful tool. But, I do want our government to prioritize people living with HIV, as well, so that we don't have waiting lists.

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