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Can Black Women Be Convinced That PrEP Isn’t Just for Gay Men?
In our nation’s capital, nearly 2 percent of residents are living with HIV—one of the highest rates in the country—and one in six people newly infected are Black women. So the city launched a campaign to raise awareness among these women about Truvada as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily pill to prevent getting HIV. As the Washington Post reports, although this form of prevention has been gaining traction among gay men in recent years, Black women remain largely unaware of its potential. One of the advantages of PrEP is that it allows women to take charge of their own health instead of relying on men to use a condom or remain HIV negative. To get the word out about PrEP, the city is running ads marketed to Black women using the tagline “Dominate your sex life,” and HIV testing sites are offering referrals to doctors who prescribe PrEP.
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