No Unapproved Tenofovir Use in Gay Clubs
March 1, 2007
Large numbers of U.S. gay men are not combining the AIDS drug tenofovir with Viagra and ecstasy in order to prevent acquiring HIV infection through unprotected sex -- despite 2005 press reports to the contrary, a researcher told a recent symposium at the University of California-San Francisco. Unapproved use of tenofovir (sometimes known by the street name "T") had been reported as one way gay men were trying to prophylactically prevent HIV infection during condomless sex.
Earlier this month, Albert Liu of the San Francisco Department of Public Health revealed that in a survey of 1,000 gay and bisexual men, just one man reported taking an AIDS drug prophylactically. And just 2 percent of those surveyed reported knowing someone else who did so.
A July 2005 CDC survey found 7 percent of male respondents at gay pride events reported using HIV drugs in order to protect against HIV infection during sex without a condom.
Liu said he believes the earlier survey's wording could have been misinterpreted by respondents to mean non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis. Nonetheless, Liu's survey did reveal safer-sex complacency. Among "dance party" participants, 53 percent said they had engaged in unprotected anal sex within the previous six months.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.