HIV groups call on US government to fund preventive drug treatment

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 24 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5412
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Atlanta

Leading HIV prevention organisations in the United States have issued a “call to action” to develop a comprehensive plan for use of antiretrovirals to prevent new cases of HIV among the groups at highest risk of infection.

The idea of giving antiretrovirals to people who are at a high risk of contracting HIV is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and has proved effective in recent studies (BMJ 2011;343:d4540, 15 Jul, doi:10.1136/bmj.d4540). Now the groups are asking the US Department of Health and Human Services to develop demonstration projects to identify how and where the expensive intervention may best be used.

“We are …

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