Ensuring Equitable Knowledge and delivery of PrEP to cis-women

Thursday, July 18th 2019

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM



Bill Short, MD, MPH,
Catherine Holdsworth, PhD, MSN, CRNP
Lisa Spacek, MD/PhD

Approximately 900,000 new HIV infections among women occur globally each year, 50,000 of which occur in the United States. Numerous clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of PrEP in women when PrEP in when taken daily, and updated USPSTF guidelines recommend PrEP for heterosexual women who are sexually active and have a) sero-discordant sex partner, b) inconsistent use of condoms, c) a recent diagnosis of syphilis or gonorrhea, and/or d) inject drugs and share injection equipment. Despite this recommendation, PrEP uptake in women is still limited. This panel discussion aims to highlight the importance of PrEP when discussing sexual health with women/persons assigned female sex at birth and features the experiences of two patient advocates who will discuss their decision to initiate PrEP and the barriers they have faced.
For more information, please email PrEP@fight.org

Location Details

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

Location Address

3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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