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Officials Sunday were trying to determine how effective the launch of a program backing an anti-AIDS/HIV treatment procedure was at a downtown Los Angeles gay bar.
One of the largest providers of AIDS/HIV treatments in Los Angeles County said it offered free blood tests and referrals for a controversial drug at the bar Saturday night.
The agency said it would also steer gay men toward getting a controversial drug that prevents HIV transmission by body fluids without the use of a condom.
AltaMed said it is “seeking to enroll 100 Latino men who engage in men- on-men sexual conduct” to use a drug that it says has been shown to “dramatically reduce the incidence of contracting HIV” during sex.
The drug treatment has been dubbed Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PreEP.
Its use is extremely controversial, as some public health officials have publicly worried that it is effective only if taken every day, and there is no guarantee that men engaging in otherwise-risky behavior will take their pills.
AltaMed said its first comprehensive HIV prevention effort will spread to “gay clubs throughout Los Angeles County and online” with the use of videos that highlight various lifestyles of Latino gay men.
—City News Service
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