“The U.S. and international AIDS community overwhelmingly supports FDA’s priority review of this potentially game-changing new tool to prevent HIV,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC. “The evidence is increasingly clear that daily PrEP can help reduce HIV risk in women and men who take it consistently as prescribed. While no single tool will be enough to stop the spread of HIV, PrEP could be a vital part of a comprehensive, global strategy to end the AIDS epidemic.”
Despite some progress in reducing HIV incidence using other available methods, approximately 50,000 people become newly infected with HIV every year in the United States, and 2.6 million people were newly infected with HIV worldwide in 2010. Globally, half of all people infected with HIV are women and girls. In the United States, HIV infection continues to take a disproportionate toll on African Americans and Latinos; MSM, including transgender individuals; and the poor. Driving down HIV infection rates is a primary objective of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and is at the core of global efforts to end the AIDS epidemic.
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