It’s a small revolution in the prevention against HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS and against which there is no vaccine: from Tuesday, June 1, all doctors can prescribe PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) a preventive anti-retroviral against HIV, reimbursed at 100% by health insurance.
Today more than 30,000 people are undergoing this treatment, but this is not enough to stop the contamination. It was therefore necessary to facilitate access to PrEP, an anti-retroviral in pill form that prevents the HIV virus from entering the body. All doctors will now be able to prescribe it to HIV-negative people who do not always use a condom.
For the moment it is mainly homosexual or bisexual men who use it, but there are other audiences at risk: sex workers, transgender people, especially from sub-Saharan Africa.
The president of the Aides association, Aurélien Beaucamp, thinks that this democratization of treatment will be a game-changer. “We will be able to reduce queues and requests that are not filled and have the possibility of involving other health professionals and not just specialists, he emphasizes. Thus, we will address other audiences since city physicians are often family physicians. It also allows us to talk about this tool: unfortunately, for the moment, PrEP is not yet well known in France. “ And yet, when taken correctly, PrEP protects 100% against HIV.