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Open Letter From HIV-Positive Prevention Advocates Rejects Misinformation About Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Date:9/15/2011

f the AHF communications and encourages "a full and factual discussion of the pros and cons of PrEP... based on facts, not misinformation." Reminding the world that "gay and bisexual men invented safer sex...and have worked tirelessly to prevent new HIV infections," the letter also points out that gay and bisexual men account for more than half of new HIV infections in the United States and are in particular need of new HIV prevention approaches.

"As an HIV positive gay man I signed this letter because I learned from experience we need all credible options to stop this epidemic. I owe my life to the fact that advocates and activists have pushed hard for decades to make effective AIDS drugs available to HIV-positive people," said Kali Lindsey.  "Now we know that AIDS drugs can also play an important role in the health and well-being of HIV-negative gay men, how could we not move forward to reap the benefits of this research. It is not an option to ignore these findings."

In July of this year the results of two addition studies, Partners PrEP (led by the University of Washington Department of Global Health) and TDF2 (led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) demonstrated that PrEP is also safe and effective in heterosexual women and men. The Partners study found that participants who received PrEP experienced an average of 62-73% fewer HIV infections than those who received placebo. The TDF2 trial, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that the risk of HIV infection dropped by an average of 63% among those who received PrEP in addition to condoms and counseling. Data expected from the FEM-PrEP trial, which was stopped in April after it was determined that the trial would not be able to provide an efficacy result, will also provide additional information about PrEP use among women.

The new letter acknowledges that the PrEP, "is no magic solution to the HIV crisis," and that research, "raises important questi
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