Commentary & Opinion
New York Times Opinion Piece on "Sex and the HIV Morning-After Pill"
July 1, 2013
"More than 30 years since AIDS emerged, and two decades since antiretroviral drugs transformed that epidemic into a chronic but manageable disease, conversations about HIV remain awkward, especially for gay men. ... Two recent developments could make these conversations less awkward, or even render them moot. But they also raise troubling questions about promiscuity and responsibility that are reminiscent of debates from the 1980s. The first development was the approval, last summer, by the Food and Drug Administration of an over-the-counter rapid-response at-home HIV test kit. The test, called OraQuick and available nationwide since October, gives results 20 minutes after a cheek swab. The second is the increasing availability of (post-exposure prophylaxis) PEP and of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP." (Richard Morgan, The New York Times, 6/28)
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