Coloring the Margins:
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A Game Changer
By Darriane Martin
August 5, 2016
Having spent the better part of the last decade or more working in HIV, PrEP is an exciting addition to the HIV Prevention Toolkit. Pre-exposure prophylaxis – PrEP for short – is a daily medication, in this case Truvada, taken by people who do not have HIV to reduce their risk of getting HIV. PrEP is definitely exciting. Other forms of HIV prevention require some level of negotiation. Of course, depending on the person negotiation may be as simple as ‘put this condom on or no sex’ or as complex as trying to encourage condom use when personal physical safety is a significant concern.
Be-PrEPared Increasing Knowledge & Awareness about HIV/AIDS and PrEP utilizing a Comprehensive Women’s Health Approach was funded by Gilead Sciences. Funds are not used to promote or purchase Truvada for PrEP as an HIV biomedical prevention strategy. The Be-PrEPared health education curriculum, Stories in Sisterhood and educational resources were created to raise knowledge and awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. This includes the use of biomedical prevention strategies such as PrEP, and to increase capacity for addressing health disparities and negative health outcomes among cis and trans women of color.
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