Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) involves putting HIV negative people on antiretroviral drugs (ARV) with the aim of protecting them from HIV infection. This blog looks at some of the pros and cons of PrEP.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Technical 'Solution' in Search of a Problem

In an article on self-testing for HIV in

"Dr Renee Ridzon of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation warns that self-testing is going to be necessary if antiretroviral-based prevention methods such as microbicides and pre-exposure prophylaxis become available, simply to accommodate the volume of regular testing that will be necessary to use these methods safely."

No surprise that the Foundation would be involved in anything to do with medicalization of health and the use of technical solutions in the absence of adequate health facilities, health personnel and even more general health (as opposed to disease) issues such as water and sanitation, air quality, living conditions, etc.

This sounds very much like a solution in search of a problem, a phenomenon that makes up a very significant proportion of Big Pharma sponsored health 'research' (the Foundation being an integral part of Big Pharma).

I've discussed this in more detail on my HIV in Kenya blog.


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