In the first of a four-part video series, Daily Xtra looks at pre-exposure prophylaxis and how it works. Could this be a major HIV-prevention breakthrough, or is it another false start in the effort to stop the ongoing spread of the virus?
Daily Xtra will be rolling out parts two, three and four in the coming days. We speak to stakeholders about the many questions and controversies around PrEP: Will it lead to more condomless sex and an increase in the spread of sexually transmitted infections? Just how effective is PrEP? And why are so few gay men taking a drug that some say could stop HIV/AIDS in its tracks?
In the above video, Nicolas Kazamia speaks with Robert Grant, a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institutes; Alan McCord, from Project Inform; Michael Lucas, a pornstar and producer who is taking PrEP; and HIV/AIDS prevention workers Tim Ryan and Steve Gibson, from Magnet, a sexual health clinic in San Francisco.
Next in the series
Part 2: A condom-free future?
Part 3: The controversy behind PrEP