Shock news has recently shown that national targets for HIV prevention could be well within reach, depending on one thing. What is that one thing you may ask? Well according to the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes’ latest publication, well over 30% of the currently diagnosed HIV population could’ve been prevented. How? By PrEP.
What preliminary protective measures have been laid out for men?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis are the preliminary and precautionary measures to be taken before the instance of being diagnosed with HIV. According to the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome if just 25% of the men who were eventually infected had previously taken PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis then a staggering 30% of the recorded cases could’ve been avoided entirely.
Questions have been previously raised as to why this study has only targeted men and also why these precautions haven’t been taken. The answers are still unclear but research into the field of HIV and specific sexually transmitted diseases is constant and ever growing, meaning that each and every day we are one step closer to reaching a vaccination or total cure.
The expert’s opinion
It’s always more comforting to hear it from the mouth of someone who’s qualified and who without a doubt, you can trust. Michael T. LeVasseur was quoted saying “We know that PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. What we don’t know is how much of an impact it will have at the population level considering the numerous behavioral strategies that men use to prevent infection,” LeVasseur had also said in a press release that “This study attempts to answer that question, and future work with this model will attempt to identify specific strategies that will work best to stop the transmission of HIV.”.
The future of the HIV virus
With so many newly funded ventures into stopping and preventing the HIV vaccine from being transmitted it’s a sure thing that eventually we may be able to see the light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. However, LeVaseur has also strongly advocated other benefits to PrEP, he was quoted saying “Many MSM have felt significant anxiety around sexual intimacy due to fear of HIV infection, even with condom use, frequent HIV testing and seroadaptive techniques, highlighting how effective these prevention methods are would certainly lead to an increase in PrEP uptake and easing of the mind.”.
With so many benefits to PrEP and pre-exposure prophylaxis it’s concerning that there is not more availability to sure useful preventative measures.