CDC updates outdated HIV-risk stats; Cuomo expands access to PrEP

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Today, the Center for Disease Control finally updated the out-of-date risk-statistics on getting and transmitting HIV. The updated information on the CDC website will help alleviate confusion in advocacy campaigns to curb transmission by bringing CDC estimates in line with the latest science.

PrEP is 99% effective.

PrEP is when people who don’t have HIV but who are at high risk of getting HIV take HIV medicine every day to reduce their chances of HIV infection.

According to the CDC:

“When taking PrEP daily or consistently (at least 4 times per week), the risk of acquiring HIV is reduced by about 99% among men who have sex with men.”

“When taking oral PrEP daily or consistently, HIV acquisition is extremely rare and has not been observed in any of the studies described below.”

An undetectable viral load is 100% untransmittable.

According to the CDC:

“For persons who achieve and maintain viral suppression, there is effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partner. This translates to an effectiveness estimate of 100%† for taking ART regularly as prescribed and achieving and maintaining viral suppression.”

The updated CDC stats are o huge victory.

According to activist Peter Staley:

“Huge victory, folks. The CDC finally updated its page on risk levels of getting HIV, using stats that reflect what the science and the real world are telling us. Having an undetectable viral load (U=U) is considered 100% protective (untransmittable). PrEP use among gay & bi men is 99% effective. These changes finally remove the confusion between most of our prevention ad campaigns and the CDC’s website (where they had been using older, more conservative estimates).

From what I’ve heard, Bruce Richman and Murray Christopher Penner with Prevention Access Campaign did almost all of the behind the scenes lobbying with the CDC to get these updates finalized. Amazing activism, boys!”

In addition, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced new actions to ensure health insurers provide expanded coverage for the HIV-prevention drug PrEP.

“As part of this effort, the Department of Financial Services issued a circular letter instructing New York insurers to cover Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV without cost-sharing — including deductibles and co-pays, which have been a major financial barrier for many consumers.”

According to Governor Cuomo:

“With these actions, we are removing a major financial barrier for people who want to take a proven HIV-prevention drug and ensuring people have the information they need at their fingertips to access quality healthcare. These policies support our nation-leading campaign to end the AIDS epidemic in New York by the end of 2020.”

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