HIV Spotlight on Center on Caring for the Newly Diagnosed Patient


What's New or Notable in HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence?

July 20, 2017


Leo Moore, M.D.

Leo Moore, M.D.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

There are a few things that were key to me. One was a study that was done through the University of California San Diego, where they looked at meth use and the association with PrEP adherence: They found no significant association between meth use and PrEP non-adherence.

I get a lot of providers saying things like, "Oh, a patient's not going to take their PrEP if they're on meth," or "They're not going to be adherent to PrEP because they have substance use on board."

So, I think this is a great study to be able to use in those conversations: Every patient, although they may be using other substances, may still find time to take their PrEP -- and be able to decrease their risk of HIV.

Image credit: Olivia G. Ford.

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