Study Shows That A Daily Dose of HIV Medication Reduces Infection Risk among People Who Inject Drugs
A daily dose of a medication used to treat HIV infection – a prevention strategy known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - reduced the risk of infection among people who inject drugs by 49 percent according to a new study announced today. Those who took the medication most consistently had even higher levels of protection – in this group, risk was reduced by over 70 percent.
The findings were published online today in the Lancet. CDC also published interim guidance for providers who wish to prescribe PrEP to people who inject drugs in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
To help inform your stories on this groundbreaking research, please find below key materials outlining the trial’s results, as well as additional background information on PrEP. If you are a reporter and need a copy of the Lancet paper, please contact the NCHHSTP media team at NCHHSTPMediaTeam@cdc.gov.
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- June 12, 2013 - New CDC Campaign: Know Hepatitis B
Today, CDC launched Know Hepatitis B, the first national multilingual, multi-year communications campaign to increase testing for hepatitis B among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
While making up only less than 5 percent of the U.S. population, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders account for more than half of the 1.2 million Americans estimated to be living with chronic hepatitis B. Yet most of those living with the disease don’t know it because they haven’t been tested. Left undiagnosed and untreated, hepatitis B can cause serious liver damage and even death.
To assist with your coverage of this new important campaign, please find below various media resources.
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