In a new report out from the Untied Nations, the international organization says that those most at risk for HIV, including men who have sex with men, should be taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (or name-brand Truvada). The study, which shows that many who are infected aren’t able to get the medical attention they need, says that using PrEP could reduce the number of infections by over a million. According to the release:
Modelling estimates that, globally, 20-25% reductions in HIV incidence among men who have sex with men could be achieved through pre-exposure prophylaxis, averting up to 1 million new infections among this group over 10 years. Studies indicate that women sex workers are 14 times more likely to have HIV than other women, men who have sex with men are 19 times more likely to have HIV than the general population, and transgender women are almost 50 times more likely to have HIV than other adults. For people who inject drugs, studies show the risks of HIV infection can be also 50 times higher than the general population.
The report goes on to say that reducing new infections by a million will help curb future infections:
‘None of these people live in isolation,’ says Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the HIV Department at WHO. ‘Sex workers and their clients have husbands, wives and partners. Some inject drugs. Many have children. Failure to provide services to the people who are at greatest risk of HIV jeopardizes further progress against the global epidemic and threatens the health and wellbeing of individuals, their families and the broader community.’