All doctors, and in particular general practitioners, can since Tuesday morning directly initiate PrEP, a preventive treatment for HIV-negative people to avoid the risk of infection with the AIDS virus. This novelty was announced Friday by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
Until now, the first prescription for this treatment could not be made only by doctors from hospital departments who manage HIV, or in a free screening center and diagnostic. The attending physician could only renew the prescription.
More than 30,000 people on PrEP
Taken in tablets, this treatment of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) based on antiretrovirals makes it possible to prevent HIV infection during sex without a condom. “Today, more than 30,000 people are on PrEP but it is not enough to break the chains of new contaminations and reduce and then disappear the epidemic”, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. This number of users does not appear to be far removed from that of June 2020.
The Covid-19 must not make people forget the other epidemics – The Ministry of Health
In addition, “the COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted drop in HIV testing activity (-10%) and STIs, (sexually transmitted infections) bacterial (-6%) in 2020, and the decrease in the use of PrEP “, notes the ministry.
“The Covid-19 must not make people forget the other epidemics, starting with that of HIV. The deployment of PrEP in the city is a long-standing request of the associations that we honor today “, according to the minister, who said to himself “sure” that this decision will have “a significant impact on contamination”.
The AIDES association deplored in particular the too low proportion of women (3%) on PrEP. If the principle had been announced in December, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, the commitment is therefore held a little later than expected.