SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco supervisor has launched an initiative to get PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) available to all who want it here regardless of a resident’s ability to pay, SFist reports.
“PrEP is the first new tool in our fight to protect ourselves from HIV since the epidemic began,” said Supervisor David Campos. “San Francisco has been at the forefront of efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS through innovative measures and needs to continue that tradition.”
In 2012, Truvada became the first drug for use in HIV prevention for HIV-negative individuals to be approved by the FDA. A University of California at San Francisco study showed that daily use of it was 90-99 percent effective in preventing HIV transmission, SFist reports.
Campos was quoted as saying he is “committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure access to all individuals wanting PrEP regardless of income,” the SFist article notes.
A rally was planned this week at City Hall.