Canadian doctor fights for making PrEP drugs more available

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A doctor in Toronto is fighting to make the HIV prevention drug PrEP cheaper for people to be easier to buy it. He also wants to educate his colleagues, medical specialists, about what PrEP drugs are and what they are used for, because too many doctors are unaware of it. The doctor estimates that around 25 percent go gay men in Toronto have HIV with 85 percent of sexually active gay men are at high risk of having it. “This is my community, these are my friends, partners and family members that are affected by HIV. I’m at risk myself as a gay man of being infected with HIV,” the doctor said explaining why it is important for him to take PrEP and to encourage others to do the same. “We can prevent HIV with this medication but the number one reason many men don’t take it is the cost,” he said. Manager of community health programs at AIDS Committee of Toronto, Ryan Lisa, said that they hope the cost of the drug will decrease from $1,000 a month to $250 as a generic equivalent of PrEP is made available. “The challenge that gay men are having is that it becomes accessible only for people who have money and great benefit plans… So this is a huge game-changer for gay men,” he said.

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