As a new counter-argument to all the PrEP naysayers, including AHF’s Michael Weinstein whose adherence to condoms only, now and forever, borders on the pathological a new study out of San Francisco that followed PrEP users in a real-world setting over three years found no new HIV infections among any of them.
The study followed 657 sexually active people over 32 months, 99 percent of whom being men who have sex with men (most of whom likely identify as gay), with the average length of Truvada use seven and a half months. The average of participants: 37. After a year, 50 percent of the participants reported getting at least one sexually transmitted disease, but not HIV, as the SF Chronicle reports.
This was conducted at the San Francisco Kaiser hospital.
The study found a decrease in condom use (obviously), however many of the study participants (51 percent) reported no change in their use of condoms. 41 percent reported that they were using condoms less often.
Interestingly, the vast majority, 74 percent, said there was no change in the number of sexual partners they had over the course of the 32 months, and only 11 percent reported they’d been more slutty, and saw an increase in sexual partners.
This is great news, especially considering the number of naysayers who argued that Truvada had only seen one small clinical trial, and we had yet to see its effectiveness in a real-world setting.
There was of course no control group in this study, and it’s impossible to say whether the drug is 99 or 100 percent effective in preventing HIV infection, as some medical professionals have suggested. But the clinical trial concluded that it was “shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92 percent when taken consistently,” which has been accepted by the Centers for Disease Control.