Gay Men’s Health Crisis will host a “PrEP Rally” on February 2nd to discuss the use of Truvada as a daily HIV preventive. From their Facebook event page: “Heard about PrEP & Truvada? Not sure if it’s right for you? Not sure how to get it with or without insurance? Let’s clear up some rumors and get the facts! Join our panel of experts as we bring you up to speed on the latest information, facts, controversies, and answer your burning questions.”
Among the panelists is a representative from Gilead, the maker of Truvada. To my knowledge, Gilead has not yet countered the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s many anti-Truvada ads with a print campaign of their own, although they do have a “risk evaluation and mitigation strategy” website which stipulates that Truvada “does not replace existing prophylaxis strategies.” Truvada’s use as an HIV preventive has been endorsed by almost all HIV/AIDS groups and the health departments of several major cities. Last year the CDC issued its own usage guidelines.