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HIV Drug Divides Gay Community


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A box of the antiretroviral drug Truvada.
JOEL SAGET/AFP/GettyImages
A box of the antiretroviral drug Truvada.

When the HIV drug Truvada was found to prevent infection in healthy people, it was lauded by public health experts as a way to protect those in high-risk groups, such as young gay men. But the drug hasn't caught on in the gay community as fast as expected. Some critics of the drug say it may actually promote reckless behavior by reducing condom use.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Dominika Seidman, Ob/Gyn at UCSF/SF General Hospital's Bay Area Perinatal AIDS center
  • Jeff Sheehy, patient advocate HIV/AIDS and board member of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
  • Oliver Bacon, attending physician, UCSF Division of HIV/AIDS; co-investigator on Demo Project
  • Whitney Engeran, senior director of public health for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S.

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