PrEP Use Is On The Rise In the US... Except For One State

PrEP is becoming more and more accessible here in the United States of America, but one state is lagging behind the rest.

An expansion of ADISVu, an interactive map that tracks HIV prevalence, new diagnoses, and mortality, has revealed that the state of Georgia is getting left behind by the rest of America.

New data was released on ADISVu and shows a 880 percent increase in PrEP since 2012 with 73 percent increasing each year.

Patrick Sullivan, the head scientist for AIDSVu and a professor at Emory University, commented on the numbers by saying they’re impressive.

"This is so important because PrEP really is a key part in prevention campaigns. For the first time, there are numbers available state by state to give us a sense of how things are going with PrEP across the country," Sullivan added.

Unfortunately, however, Georgia is not doing as well as the rest of the country.

Georgia is ranked fifth in the list of US states with the highest number new of HIV diagnoses.

"Georgia routinely ranks in the top of new HIV diagnoses. Certainly, we'd like to see Georgia have one of the highest rates of PrEP uptake given that it has one of the highest numbers of new diagnoses. There is a lot of opportunity for an increase in PrEP use given Georgia's epidemic," Sullivan said.

On top of that, Georgia is not alone. Most Southern states have the highest number of new HIV diagnoses and the lowest proportional use of PrEP.

Because of that, researchers like Sullivan and some politicians are working to find a solution.

In January, Representative Park Cannon, one of the four openly gay lawmakers in Georgia’s House of Reps, introduced House Bill 755. If passed, that bill would create medical services and PrEP accessibility for people at high risk of HIV contraction. Unfortunately, the bill has stalled on the House floor.

That said, Sullivan appreciates the effort.

"When health departments are engaged in those states, when they have health department web pages talk about their programs for PrEP, those are areas we look to. Those are certainly state that are above the averages in their regions – for sure," Sullivan said.

TV Show Producers Threaten To Boycott If Georgia Passes Its Anti-Gay Adoption Bill

TV makers are taking a stand against a ridiculous religious freedom bill.

As we reported a couple days ago, some politicians within the American state of Georgia are trying to pass a religious freedom bill. If passed, State Senate Bill 375, or the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” would let adoption agencies use their religious beliefs as an excuse to reject gay couples looking to adopt.

The official reasoning for this bill is that it's to protect adoption agencies from being discriminated and persecuted for not approving of gay couples and gay parents.

That said, many have pointed out that no such problems have been reported by adoption agencies. As such, the bill is just an excuse to open a window for discriminating against gay people, and making adoption harder for them.

Despite those protests in the State Senate, the bill ultimately passed on a vote of 35-19. Now, its on its way to the State House of Representatives.

In the meantime, showrunners and producers of popular tv shows are saying they might pull their show productions from the state as a result.

Atlanta, Georgia has become a major spot for Hollywood productions. Not only do multiple tv shows like Queer Eye, The Walking Dead, and Black Lightening, film there, but major movies like Black Panther film there as well.

Due to this, Georgia makes about $7 billion a year from productions and filming. But, all that could come crumbling down thanks to Bill 375 and the words of Ben Wexler.

Ben Wexler is a producer who’s worked on shows like The Grinder, Community, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Arrested Development.

After hearing about Georgia State Senate Bill 375, Wexler tweeted out the following, “To my fellow showrunners: if this dumb bill becomes law, let’s be done filming television shows in Georgia.”

Soon, other tv executives/creatives like Difficult People creator Julie Klausner, Difficult People star Billy Eichner, Starz’s Spartacus creator Steven DeKinght, and When We Rise creator Dustin Lance Black were agreeing with Wexler.


In addition, many have asked the creators of the Walking Dead, which is probably the biggest tv show filmed in Georgia, and Marvel Studios to share their thoughts on the situation.

Meanwhile, many LGBTQ advocates are expressing how unjust Bill 375 really is. For instance, Marty Rouse, who’s the national field director for the Human Rights Campaign, said:

“Plain and simple – SB 375 is discrimination dressed up as a ‘solution’ to a fake problem.”

“It creates an unnecessary hardship for potential LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents in Georgia and primarily harms the children looking for a loving home.”