The CDC released its report on the same day that U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced a new Trump administration program to provide PrEP free of charge to people who don't have health insurance coverage for the HIV prevention medication.
To qualify for Ready, Set, PrEP, people must test negative for HIV, have a valid prescription for the HIV medications and lack prescription drug coverage.
More than 1.2 million Americans are at risk for HIV, but only about 220,000 had received a prescription for PrEP in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unlike Truvada, Descovy is approved only for men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men. This donation would extend for the next 11 years. The announcement is not connected to patent disputes between HHS and Gilead over the drug.
PrEP4All Collaboration part James Krellenstein said Ready, Set, PrEP fails to impress anyone, since it is "poised to repeat the errors of Gilead's own Medication Assistance Program, which donated free PrEP to qualified uninsured individuals, albeit on a much smaller scale". "Ready, Set, PrEP will increase access to this effective and preventive drug for people at risk", said assistant secretary for health Brett P. Giroir, MD.
Young people and black Americans were least likely to have the virus under control, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.
SIMMONS-DUFFIN: Azar says taxpayers will initially pay Gilead $200 per bottle for distribution.
With U.S. statistics showing almost 40,000 new HIV cases each year, Azar says prevention medicine is key in ending the HIV epidemic over the next 10 years.
Mayer said more efforts need to focus on testing and treatment.
"The 1.1 million people in this country who are indicated for prEP, who are eligible for prEP - only 18 percent of that number is utilizing prEP".
The report shows that the estimated rate of PrEP use is 14.3 percent in Maryland, 9.5 percent in Virginia, and 8.7 percent in Delaware.
Phase II will see the program expand nationwide, with the goal of maintaining new yearly infections at 3000.
The Department of Health and Human Services launched a national scheme to promote the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, which can prevent HIV infection, by at-risk groups.
Of about 854,000 people with diagnosed HIV infection in 42 jurisdictions, about 63% had viral suppression.
The report also noted disparities in treatment and diagnosis.
But it points out that far more people who could benefit from PrEP should be taking it and efforts to fight the HIV epidemic should be taking steps to encourage greater use of PrEP.
These percentages were found to be lower among African-American and Latino people than white people, the analysis found. But not enough people who have HIV know they have the virus and too many with the virus are not getting treatment. Online, go to GetYourPrep.com.
Mermin emphasized the importance of engagement at the community level, highlighting a few bright spots, such as 18 states where at least two-thirds of people with HIV are virally suppressed, and 2 US jurisdictions that have at least one-third of eligible people on PrEP.