December 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
PrEP usage low in young gays CDC finds
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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is considered ‘highly effective.’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Less than 4 percent of young adult men who have sex with men in the U.S. are on PrEP according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data was taken from an anonymous online survey of 2,347 black, white and Hispanic men ages 18-24 who’d had anal sex but were not HIV-positive, Reuters reports.

“We have had a sense that PrEP is not reaching the communities that could benefit from it most, but the overall level of 3.4 percent is surprisingly low,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, an infectious disease physician at U.W. Health in Madison, Wis., who was not involved in the study.

In 2015, youth ages 13-24 accounted for over a fifth of all new diagnoses, and most occurred in gay and bisexual males, the agency found, according to Reuters.

The current study was conducted by Sarah Marks at Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and colleagues.

The overwhelming majority of participants had at least some college education, health insurance and access to a primary health care provider (PCP)/clinic, according to the researchers. Some 65 percent of survey participants who said they didn’t use PrEP met at least one CDC criterion for PrEP use, primarily condom-less anal intercourse in the preceding six months, Reuters reports.

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  • Most countries use immigration to boost the young population base to help support growth and the younger population is becoming sexually active at younger and younger ages. World population 2015was 7,214,958,996 world population 7,588,948908 and still growing and so are the cases of STI’s.

    I for one am not surprised that reported STI”s are increasing due to the above figures but is it really statically worse?

    I congratulate all the people involved in the cutting edge disciplines to keep ahead of these bacteria.

    What I want to push home is treating the symptom to improve quality of life and to prevent that person infecting others is of paramount importance. However to attack the real problem the source needs to be contained. People need to get tested and methods to brake through the reluctance of these people to get tested.
    There are now many tools on the market to reduce transmission.

    TASP Treatment for HIV infected to
    reduce transmission.

    PrEP to help prevent HIV infection and

    Condoms good to help protect against
    STI’s

    PEP (post-exposure
    prophylaxis) to be administrated with 72 hrs of a risk

    The push should to to educate people on the use of these tools and for ongoing regular testing not to push views and desires.

    Stigma is a huge issue, people still loose their jobs and all sort of things happen.

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