Are there more risks to PrEP we don't know about?

A man in King County, Washington has been diagnosed HIV after having been on PrEP (Truvada) for months prior to his positive test. An extremely rare case in individuals who take Truvada for prevention, the drug has proven to be resistant to the infection.

PrEP can lower risk of HIV transmission by 90%, if taken properly—although this is skewed with numbers as low as 86% and as high as 99%. Needless to say, like many drugs, it is not 100% effective.

According to Outbreak News Today, Matthew Golden, MD, who is Director of Public Health’s STD/HIV program said the patient likely became HIV infected while taking PrEP.

This is the fourth incident in which patients on PrEP have been diagnosed with HIV.

While it was reported that approximately 136,000 Americans were taking Truvada as of 2017, this number falls short of the CDC’s recommendation for 1.2 million gay and bisexual men (1 out of 4) to be on PrEP.

HIV Outbreak In Milwaukee Breaks Records

HIV Outbreak In Milwaukee Breaks Records

Seriously, What Is Going On In Wisconsin?

YIKES! I know – talking about sexually transmitted infections – once known as diseases – is extremely heavy. It’s terrifying to constantly have to remind ourselves of the reality we live in, especially members of the LGBTQ community. I won’t lie, it is always pretty awkward when you’re speaking with someone through a dating app – potentially to just have a quick hook up – and then the talk of past sexual history comes up along with the last time someone was tested. Is it just me, or does it appear that everyone online has been tested “two weeks ago”. I just that answer so often that I now take it as a lie. Was there a line outside my local West Hollywood clinic or something?! Alas, we’re in the day and age of Prep – which is a daily pill that may prevent exposure to HIV. Thus, no one wants to use a condom anymore since people now seemingly believe they’re invincible. The next story I’m about to share with you proves to anyone you should still be using condoms.

According to NewNowNext, there’s a huge increase of HIV, syphilis, or both within the last 3 months in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At least 125 people have been infected this year – including high school students. Like, what the hell is going on in the Midwest?! At least 45% of the newly infected are men – and a dozen are high school students. Authorities believe the number of high school students will rise as more people come forward to get tested.

Well, this is absolutely disturbing and unsettling. Please everyone, stay aware and careful. The fact experts believe this number will increase is horrifying.