Sexual Health Cuomo’S Bid To End Aids Must Connect Women To Daily Drug
With Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's mid-year announcement of an ambitious plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020, there lies increasing promise in the arena of HIV prevention—the end of an epidemic seems almost possible. This hope stems, in part, from a relatively new HIV prevention approach called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection in persons who are HIV-negative. That the governor chose to make providing access to PrEP a major goal of his three-point plan further underscores PrEP's tremendous potential. However, PrEP's full promise can be realized only if those who need it can get it—and the topic of how women (and particularly women of color) may benefit from PrEP has been largely absent from the national public health and media discourse about this new approach to HIV.