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Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention in Europe

Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention in Europe

Key Messages;

  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can reduce the risk of infections in HIVseronegative persons at substantial risk, as long as it is taken as prescribed.

  • Use of PrEP as an additional prevention option has the potential to reduce HIV transmission and contribute to reversing the increase in new infections in Europe.

  • France is the only country in Europe currently providing PrEP through public health services, but a number of other countries are implementing or planning to implement PrEP demonstration projects.

  • Use of antiretroviral medication for PrEP has been approved in the European Union, but countries cite the cost of drugs as a key barrier to provision of PrEP by public health services

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