them | July 15, 2022
Similarly, President Biden’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy, billed as a “roadmap to eliminate HIV in the U.S. by 2030,” builds upon measures originally set in place by President Obama in 2011 and may open up new roads towards change. Though some consider the plan to be impossibly ambitious, Jeffrey Crowley, director of the Infectious Diseases Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, says, “The most important aspect of the President’s proposal is that he made a bold commitment calling for a national [PrEP] program and he recognizes that we need to do more to extend access to PrEP,” adding that “the best PrEP Program is the one that gets enacted into law.” Lower-level government measures, like California’s 2019 bill that made PrEP available without a prescription, are already establishing models for reduced gatekeeping that the national strategy may adopt. In the meantime, the most recent CDC guidelines impel medical professionals to discuss PrEP with all sexually active adults and adolecent, which may lead to more access.
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