The CDC Backs The Gay Pill

This is terrific news for combating the resilient transmission of HIV among gay men:

“HIV infection is preventable, yet every year we see some 50,000 new HIV infections in the United States,” stated CDC Director Dr. truvadaTom Frieden. “PrEP, used along with other prevention strategies, has the potential to help at-risk individuals protect themselves and reduce new HIV infections in the United States.” The new guidelines also stress that patients be tested for HIV prior to starting PreP and be tested again at three-month intervals so if someone on PrEP does become infected with HIV they discontinue taking the drugs and begin HIV treatment.

Soon to follow: a serious public health education campaign. The CDC report is here (pdf). The Dish’s extensive recent coverage of this issue can be read here.