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.
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