Monthly Archives: December 2019

Facebook ads are spreading lies about PrEP and the company won’t act

Since late summer, many LGBTQ+ Facebook users newsfeeds have been displaying medically incorrect targeted advertising. These ads pertain to Truvada, also known as PrEP, the one-pill-a-day pharmaceutical that has been demonstrated to reduce the likelihood of HIV transmissions by as much as 99%. “Side Effects from taking an HIV Drug …” reads one badly punctuated message, full of random capitalizations. “The manufacturers had a safer drug & kept it secret … They kept selling the dangerous one.” That ad, which runs on Instagram...

What to know about the ‘new’ HIV strain

What should we know about the ‘new’ HIV strain ‘discovered’ this month? The first thing we should know is that it was actually discovered in 1983, and is part of the family of HIV viruses responsible for the vast majority of cases worldwide. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that existing treatments for HIV work against this strain. He says, “There’s no reason to panic or even to worry about it a little bit. Not...