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Black Women Encouraged to "PrEP" for HIV Exposure

Published Monday, July 11, 2016
by Alexis Taylor

Facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are clear: African Americans make up 44 percent of new HIV/AIDS infections in a country in which only 12 percent of the population is Black. Of the approximately 8,000 new infections among women in 2014, six in 10 were Black women.

Organizations and agencies nationwide are now targeting African American women for daily regimens of pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP and distributed under the trade name Truvada. The drug was approved by the FDA in 2012, and studies have shown that taking PrEP before engaging in risky sexual behavior can cut the possibility of transmission of HIV/AIDS by more than 90 percent.

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