This article was published on April 29th, 2015
Yesterday, in what could be a game changer in bringing Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to Canada, gay men’s health and HIV/AIDS organizations across the country called on Gilead Sciences to apply to Health Canada for use of Truvada as PrEP. It is the first time that so many of these organizations have come together in support of PrEP in Canada.
Signed by the Board of Directors of the Health Initiative for Men, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and endorsed by other major organizations, the letter called on Gilead Sciences to make an immediate application and includes an online petition to sign.
Canada is far behind the USA, the UK, and other nations in moving towards adopting PrEP as an essential strategy to halt the HIV epidemic. In addition to signing the petition, consider writing to your Member of Parliament to have Health Canada speed the process so needless infections don’t occur. Also, if you are outside of Quebec, consider writing to your provincial legislator to include Truvada as PrEP in the provincial drug plan formulary – something Quebec has already done.
Only by uniting as a community will gay men in Canada start to see an end to a virus that has plagued the community for over 30 years.