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Will Rare Seroconversion by PrEP User Slow Uptake?  

Will Rare Seroconversion by PrEP User Slow Uptake?  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a recent case of a Toronto man who was infected with HIV despite adhering to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will likely not be replicated, it could have an impact on PrEP uptake by causing some who are considering using the anti-HIV drug regimen to have second thoughts. “It might,” said Peter Staley, […]

Meeting of Minds Among ACT UP, City, State  

Meeting of Minds Among ACT UP, City, State  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A town hall meeting that featured senior officials from the de Blasio administration showed that AIDS activists have reached a kind of détente with the city agencies they were picketing not long ago. “We were put into an uncomfortable place,” said Dr. Sue Blank, who heads the sexually transmitted disease unit in […]

Doctors’ Embrace, Knowledge of PrEP Seen as Obstacle to Uptake

Doctors’ Embrace, Knowledge of PrEP Seen as Obstacle to Uptake

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Suggesting that medical providers may be an obstacle to the wider use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), panelists at a town hall noted that there is reluctance on the part of some doctors to prescribe the HIV prevention drug regimen and there is an ongoing challenge for patients to find providers who […]

Stigma Around PrEP Takes on Several Forms

Stigma Around PrEP Takes on Several Forms

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Various forms of stigma and a lack of education about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) may be keeping people at risk for acquiring HIV from using the HIV prevention drug regimen, panelists at a November 19 town hall said. Tiffany M., a transgender woman and one of the five panelists, described an encounter she […]

Greater Focus on PEP Urged    

Greater Focus on PEP Urged    

BY ANDY HUMM | More and more sexually active gay men have gone on Truvada or PrEP, the pre-exposure prophylaxis drug, to prevent getting HIV. But for those not on the drug who experience exposure to HIV, there has long been the option of initiating a 28-day course of the drug in combination with others –– […]

A Morning-After Pill for HIV; But Seriously, the Morning After

A Morning-After Pill for HIV; But Seriously, the Morning After

BY RICHARD E. GREENE, MD & PERRY N. HALKITIS, PhD, MS, MPH | In the past few years, we have experienced a revolution in the prevention of HIV. Gone are the days when approaches based on changing behavior were the only options. Biomedical technologies have provided us another set of tools in the arsenal to fight AIDS. […]

Estimates of Medicaid PrEP Users in New York State Revised Down      

Estimates of Medicaid PrEP Users in New York State Revised Down      

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The state health department has significantly reduced its estimate of the number of Medicaid beneficiaries in New York who are using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from 3,149 to 832. “I think the number from last year wasn’t done by Medicaid,” said Dan O’Connell, director of the AIDS Institute, which is part of the […]

How Much Will It Cost?    

How Much Will It Cost?    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Plan to End AIDS could cost tens of millions of dollars initially, with those costs first increasing then declining if the plan meets its target of reducing new HIV infections in New York State from its current roughly 3,000 a year to 750 by 2020. “Fifty million dollars would get you […]

The Edge of Horror

The Edge of Horror

BY ED SIKOV | The actor and Out 100 Artist of the Year Zachary Quinto certainly stepped in something stinky when he opined about HIV and young gay men in the Out interview accompanying his award. In case you’ve been living — with me — on Mars and need a quick sketch of who this Quinto […]

State Moving on its PrEP Drive    

State Moving on its PrEP Drive    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While AIDS groups want a task force to write the plan that will reduce new HIV infections in New York from its current 3,400 a year to 730 annually by 2020, the Cuomo administration is moving ahead quickly with implementing major components of that effort. “The message here today is no one […]

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