Who has $1500 for an HIV prevention medication? Who really believes the CDC’s finding that 1 in 2 Black, gay men will become infected with HIV/AIDS? While we wait for the quarterly PrEP injection to become a tangible thing, Gilead Sciences has something they want you to know about their pill.
At a recent American Society for Microbiology meeting they presented an update to the US Pharmacy PrEP Survey and found that 74% of people who filled Truvada prescriptions were White. People of color love saying Black people don’t have the same opportunities as Whites; but, Hispanics are also more likely to swallow the daily pill than Blacks. Our numbers actually decreased.
The survey found that a total of 49,158 individuals started Truvada for PrEP between early 2012 and the third quarter of 2015. This represents a 523% increase between Q3 2013 and Q3 2015.
Data on race/ethnicity were available for 44% of PrEP recipients (n=21,463). White people made up 74% of all those who filled Truvada PrEP prescriptions, with Hispanics (12%), African-Americans (10%) and Asians (4%) accounting for much smaller proportions. Further, the proportion of blacks who started PrEP actually dropped, from 12% in 2012 to 10% in 2015.
While women made up 21% of those who started PrEP overall, the percentage of prescriptions among women continued to decline, from 49% in 2012 to just 11% in Q3 2015. Approximately 2,500 women started PrEP each year, but as the total number of users rose, their percentage of the total fell. Black women were more than four times less likely than white women to have started PrEP.
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YouTuber Martell Todd tells his PrEP experience in the video below. Press play.