We dropped the ball’: Some Indigenous people had access to HIV drug for years without knowing – CBC

It shows gaps and fissures within our heath-care delivery system,’ activist says of Truvada coverage

Jan 02, 2018

When two-spirit organizer and HIV/AIDS activist Harlan Pruden heard the news that the preventative drug PrEP was now available cost-free in B.C. he was elated.

“It’s phenomenal news that B.C.’s community now has access to this evidence-based, effective HIV prevention intervention,” Pruden said.

But he said very few Indigenous people know that the brand name version of the drug, Truvada, has been free for First Nations people in the province for several years.

“What is astonishing about this is that First Nations and Inuit rarely have first access to anything, and where was the news story about this three years ago?” Pruden asked.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/indigenous-people-had-access-to-a-drug-that-prevents-hiv-for-years-without-knowing-1.4468600

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