Health & Wellness

2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections – Press Release

HIV prevention pill is not reaching most who could potentially benefit – especially African Americans and Latinos

This graphic depicts a pie chart that illustrates the percentage of African Americans and Latinos who could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): 44 percent of African Americans (approximately 500,000 people) and 25 percent of Latinos (nearly 300,000 people). It also depicts a prescription pill bottle that illustrates the percentage of African Americans and Latinos who were actually prescribed the PrEP from 2015-2016: 1% of African Americans (7,000 people) and 3% of Latinos (7,600 people). This contrast illustrates the troubling fact that PrEP is not reaching most who could potentially benefit—especially people of color. It is important to note that prescription data in this analysis is limited to those filled at retail pharmacies or mail order services from September 2015-August 2016; and that racial and ethnic information are not available for one-third of the prescription data.

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In 2015, there were approximately 1.1 million Americans who could potentially benefit from PrEP: 500,000 African Americans, 300,000 Latinos, and 300,000 whites. However, analysis of available data on PrEP prescriptions finds that 7,000 prescriptions were filled at retail pharmacies or mail order services for African-Americans and only 7,600 for Latinos during a similar time period (September 2015- August 2016). While racial and ethnic data were not available for one-third of the prescription data, the analysis shows a substantial prevention need.

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