Sex without fear – ​my experiment with ​the HIV-prevention drug PrEP

The Guardian, Thursday 22 June 2017 

When I first heard about the HIV-prevention drug PrEP – pre-exposure prophylaxis – I had mixed feelings.  It remains controversial even among readers of the gay magazine Attitude. “Why should my taxes pay for these sluts to have bareback sex?” is a typical comment. But I was worried that my reaction was the result of anti-gay conditioning, being brought up to think that I didn’t deserve the same rights as the rest of society, and I wanted to challenge this by taking the drug for three months to find out more.

 

TGA approval of PrEP for HIV in Australia

6 MAY 2016 — The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) has welcomed the news today that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the drug Truvada for use as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV) in Australia.

TGA approval means doctors in Australia no longer have to prescribe Truvada as PrEP “off-label”, that is, for something other than its previously-approved use as a medication to treat HIV. More importantly, TGA approval is a necessary step towards the eventual listing of PrEP on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

VAC CEO Simon Ruth said the news brings Australia one step closer to affordable, accessible PrEP. “TGA approval is a huge step forward, but there is still a lot of work to do. Over the coming months we will be continuing our work with other community organisations and advocates to ensure PrEP is listed on the PBS, providing subsidised access for those who need it,” he said.

 

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Victorian HIV organisations, advocates, and researchers sign historic accord on PrEP

Star Observer, December 8, 2015

COMMUNITY organisations, activists, and researchers last night came together to sign a historic accord on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in Melbourne.

The accord outlined a number of shared principles around the HIV prevention tool in areas such as education, stigma, and approval in Australia.

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