Note: This editorial provides a good case of why new cases of HIV and HCV continue to rise – Alan
We’re living in extraordinary times. While it’s easy to be depressed about our political system and the general state of the world, it’s important to highlight the huge advances we’ve made in the arena of queer healthcare.
Since 2012, there has been a scientific revolution in HIV prevention. Truvada as PrEP, a once a day pill, has the ability to reduce the risk of getting HIV by 99 percent when taken as prescribed, and when people living with HIV achieve undetectable viral loads, they cannot transmit it. For people living with hepatitis C, we now have medications that are simple to administer, with little to no side effects, which rapidly cure almost all people who are treated.
These are incredible advances, but they are being undermined by the continued inaction of the Trump administration and public health officials in D.C. and at CDC headquarters in Atlanta. With these technologies, we could have already seen rapid moves towards the end of the HIV and hep C epidemics in the United States. Instead, the numbers haven’t budged.