B.C. approves coverage of HIV-blocking drug for high-risk groups (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
Activists are applauding the B.C. government for approving coverage of an HIV-prevention drug for those at high-risk of infection.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced that access to pre-exposure prophylaxis — better known as PrEP — will be free of charge beginning Jan. 1 for men and transwomen who have sex with men, injection drug users and people who have sex with HIV-positive people.
PrEP is recommended as a preventative measure by the World Health Organization and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
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