HIVE in the Media
Three-and-a-half years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the HIV treatment drug Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP for HIV prevention. It was a landmark moment in the decades-long effort to halt HIV transmission. This pill, when taken daily by an HIV-negative person, reduces the likelihood of acquiring HIV by more than 90 percent.
BETA wanted to distill some of these important findings by asking some prominent San Francisco Bay Area providers to give us their take on the conference. We asked, “What did you find interesting? What did you find exciting? And, what did you learn?”
KCBS’ Jane McMillan talks with Dr. Deborah Cohan, obstetrician and gynecologist, who runs the UCSF Perinatal HIV Clinic and is Medical Director of HIVE, the Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center at SF General.
Learn about the roles of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis), TasP (Treatment as Prevention), male and female condoms, and more.
“We look at the scale-up of PrEP in San Francisco in the United States of America (USA), where comprehensive PrEP services are already changing lives and the shape of the epidemic.”
“…having HIV, or having a partner living with HIV, shouldn’t change our opinions about who has the right to have a child.”
“But I think to myself, well, that’s our problem. That’s a fixable problem. We need to create a story about inclusion, about what’s possible. That’s just as important as the work to get the science to make it possible.”
In 1991, during the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, 1650 babies were born with HIV in the United States. By 2010, that number had declined to 162.
“Shannon’s enthusiasm for the well-being of others has helped build healthy and loving families in more ways than one.”
Witnessing someone’s dream come true is a gift. I once joined a couple and their baby. As the parents ate their salad amongst the bustle of San Francisco’s financial district lunch crowd and took turns holding the baby, I looked around wishing everyone could perceive this great love. I wondered what it is like to be this child — to grow up having been so wanted, so planned for, so desired.