The Department of Health and Human Services Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says approximately 2,000 U.S. service members and their beneficiaries, of an estimated 12,000 who could benefit, have accessed HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Among 769 service members prescribed PrEP between February 2014 and June 2016, 87% were men who have sex with men. African Americans accounted for 19% of those prescribed PrEP, compared with 47% who were white.
Approximately 350 new HIV infections are diagnosed in members of the U.S. military services, with most infections acquired within the United States.
The highest rates of new military diagnoses are in men and African Americans. Blacks are disproportionally affected, and most new diagnoses occur among men who have sex with men (MSM).
In a survey of military health care providers, 49% rated their knowledge of PrEP as poor, and only 29% reported ever having prescribed PrEP. In addition, 51% of the providers indicated a need for more clear evidence of PrEP’s safety or efficacy.
READ THE FULL REPORT: HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis in the U.S. Military Services — 2014–2016
Would you recommend PrEP to your family/friends with military benefits?