Brazil recently became the first country in Latin America to roll out PrEP, the HIV prevention pill. It’s a crucial opportunity to make an impact in a country that reported approximately 48,000 new cases of HIV last year. Gay men are disproportionately impacted by HIV in Brazil; about 1 in 10 Brazilian men who have sex with men have HIV. PrEP has tremendous potential in a country like Brazil that has been so impacted by HIV. Gay men need to be able to take control of their health and access all prevention options. To find out how to best help the community, Hornet and UNAIDS Brazil conducted a PrEP survey.
The PrEP survey was conducted among Hornet users in Brazil. Over three weeks, the Hornet community was asked to participate — 3218 responses were collected. The findings will help us use data to inform the PrEP response, influence policy and mobilize the LGBTQ community.
The Key Findings of the Hornet PrEP Survey:
The PrEP rollout in Brazil has just begun. Within a few months, we’ll better understand how gay men are responding to it. But one thing is clear: PrEP will be made available will only be for about 10,000 people, which is nowhere near enough in a country of over 200 million people. Hopefully with data like this, from PrEP surveys like ours, will pressure the Brazilian government to do more. The lives of gay men have value. If the government of Brazil truly believes that, they must demonstrate it by investing in our community’s health.
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