October 2, 2015 at 11:28 am EDT | by Staff reports
PrEP billboards raise concerns in Australia
Truvada, Gilead, gay news, Washington Blade

(Photo courtesy of Gilead)

VICTORIA, Australia — Activists in Australia are urging gay men there to abandon condoms in favor of PrEP though the therapy, which has shown to be an effective prevention strategy against HIV, is not approved there yet for such use, the Age reports.

Large posters in Melbourne feature a blue pill and the text: “YOU CAN F*** RAW. PrEP WORKS. NO MORE HIV.”

SEEITCLEARLY2020, a guerrilla activist group, is behind the campaign and said it was aiming to promote the “most powerful tool” to combat HIV. “The reality is that HIV will continue to be transmitted by raw sex if we do not make PrEP fully accessible to Australians,” it said in a statement according to the Age article.

Gilead Sciences, which manufactures Truvada, said it had nothing to do with the posters.

“Gilead supports Truvada for PrEP as an important HIV prevention tool if used as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy among certain high-risk populations. However, until it is approved by the TGA, Gilead does not support its off-label use in Australia,” a spokeswoman told the Age.

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