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

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

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Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the HIV medication Truvada for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to help prevent HIV infections in certain cases, the issue of PrEP leaves the HIV/AIDS community divided. While some hail the drug's arrival as another effective tool towards HIV prevention, others raise concerns as to whether the downsides outweigh the upsides. Moreover, some from the gay community fear that a rise in use of PrEP could lead to less condom usage and more risky behavior.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the HIV medication Truvada for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to help prevent HIV infections in certain cases, the issue of PrEP leaves the HIV/AIDS community divided. While some hail the drug's arrival as another effective tool towards HIV prevention, others raise concerns as to whether the downsides outweigh the upsides. Moreover, some from the gay community fear that a rise in use of PrEP could lead to less condom usage and more risky behavior.

We asked a diverse group of attendees at this year's International AIDS Conference, "What are your views on the use of PrEP by gay and bisexual men?"