More than giving an update on the latest technologies, this plenary intends to ignite a community discussion on how accessible these technologies will be to the communities that need them the most. When PrEP was approved in 2012, it was seen as a paradigm shift in preventing HIV.
We went from condoms to pills, from behavioral counseling to medical visits. Nine years later, the uptake of PrEP continues to be significantly low among Black and Latino gay men compared with their white counterparts.
Health disparities get exacerbated with new technologies. If health care systems don’t prepare to deliver new modalities on HIV prevention, access to them will be limited to the privileged, worsening the health disparities that already exist.