The truth is, I'd be more excited about this study if people were discussing it differently. However the fact that people are so hyped on the concept of a pill that might be able to prevent HIV that they can't be bothered to mention that we do, currently, have other effective methods of HIV prevention (e.g. condoms, clean needles, etc.) really bothers me. Particularly since this was one study of one drug in one population, and we already know that prevention techniques that work in gay men don't always translate to heterosexuals and vice versa. In my opinion, right now, pre-exposure prophylaxis is, if anything, just another tool for the prevention toolbox - and a problematic one at that. Lets save our excitement for when we have a bit more data... and try and inject it with some realism. I have significant doubts about whether the vast majority of high risk individuals are going to be able to practically, or financially, stick with a PreP regimen.
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