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Federal Guidelines May Inadvertently Restrict Women’s Access to Effective HIV Protection

Restrictive recommendations for pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) systematically disqualified nearly all women at risk for HIV and/or motivated to use the medication, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and George Washington University have found.

The study in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes also found that many state public health departments appear to model their PrEP guidelines after federal guidelines, reinforcing the impact of the problematic recommendations on clinical practices throughout the country.

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NOTE: A pilot grant from CIRA funded this study - Implementing PrEP in a Family Planning Setting.

Published: Monday, July 1, 2019