The Globe reports today on the push to make an AIDS prevention drug available. After
many years of struggling to come up with a vaccine, this was a true breakthrough. (We don’t use that word lightly on this page.) But instead of a shot that stays with you for year, here you have to take a pill.
Critics questioned the wisdom of giving powerful drugs to healthy people, and worried that access to a preventive drug would encourage promiscuity or lead to a spike in other sexually transmitted diseases by reducing condom use.
But as study after study — some conducted in Boston — found the drug safe and effective, public health officials came to embrace PrEP, concluding the benefits exceed the hazards. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that some 1.2 million people at risk of HIV infection should at least consider PrEP.