JustUs Health Statement on Free PrEP

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ST. PAUL, Minn., June 19, 2019 – Last week, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that “clinicians offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with effective antiretroviral therapy to persons who are at high risk of HIV acquisition. In response to this news, Jeremy Hanson Willis, JustUs Health CEO, issued the following statement:

“We strive for a future where more people at risk of HIV will get affordable access to PrEP because of this drug’s strong record for stopping HIV transmission. While there is reason to be optimistic about ending HIV in Minnesota with PrEP, much work needs to be done to realize this goal.”

“Defining PrEP as an effective preventative treatment to be covered by insurers does a lot of good for some groups such gay and bisexual men, but it is less clear how women and others will fit into definitions of high-risk groups covered through this recommendation. We cannot allow them to be shut out of access to PrEP due to financial barriers.”

“We also need to look at the reality that waiting another possible 24 months until this change goes into effect will mean nearly 600 more Minnesotans will test HIV-positive in that time. We need these changes NOW, not two years from now.”

“JustUs Health will continue to fight for more access to PrEP for everyone and we’ll keep doing whatever it takes to put an end to HIV in Minnesota.”

 

About JustUs Health  

JustUs Health combines the full range of prevention, education, advocacy, and support services for people at risk of or affected by HIV, developed by Minnesota AIDS Project, with the innovative research and education programs of Rainbow Health Initiative and Training to Serve. Together, we envision a Minnesota where people from diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities experience health and wellness in powerfully inclusive environments. Learn more about us atwww.JustUsHealth.org