South Carolina Hiv / Aids Council Project Preplan Community Summit : Taking Action Changing Our Destiny

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The turnout was larger than expected for the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council Project PrEPlan Community Summit: “Taking Action—Changing Our Destiny”. The Summit was hosted by Benedict College in Columbia, SC. Participants were from many different walks of life: from seropositive and seronegative patients, to social workers, pharmacists, and doctors. Dr. Divya Ahuja from USC School of Medicine gave an overview of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). His platform was followed by multiple panel discussions regarding various questions and viewpoints about PrEP.
Despite the awareness that has brought attention to HIV testing, and medicinal advancements that have made decreasing the rate of transmission possible, over 50,000 new HIV infections are diagnosed every year in the United States2. Of these infections, 63% of new diagnoses are men that have sex with men (MSM), and 66% are African American2. This makes African American MSM’s the group with the highest number of new infections, and therefore the group at highest risk. Yet, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has brought a new weapon to the table when it comes to the war on HIV. Now, with PrEP, high risk individuals have an option to further protect themselves, although safe sex, with a condom, is still very important. PrEP does not cover other STI’s, which increases the importance of latex condom use.
In November 2010, the Preexposure Prophylaxis Initiative (iPrEx) trial, which was the largest and most extensive study to evaluate…

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