'We dropped the ball': Some Indigenous people had access to HIV drug for years without knowing (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

When two-spirit organizer and HIV/AIDS activist Harlan Pruden heard the news that the preventative drug PrEP was now available cost-free in B.C. he was elated.

“It's phenomenal news that B.C.'s community now has access to this evidence-based, effective HIV prevention intervention,” Pruden said.

The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS recently procured an affordable generic brand of PrEP, also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment, that enabled the province to provide it for free to those at a high risk of contracting the virus. It can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 per cent.

Angela Sterritt reports

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