Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), the HIV prevention pill, has come to Brazil. Brazil is the first country in Latin America to provide PrEP for free to its citizens, and the PrEP Brazil rollout has received some great coverage in The New York Times, but questions linger over whether the amount of PrEP available will be enough to meet the country’s need. Are economics being prioritized over the health of the people of Brazil? The Health Ministry will provide 3.6 million tablets for the first year. Those once-daily pills will be dispensed through 36 services of the Unified Health System (SUS) in 22 Brazilian cities. While that sounds good initially, those numbers translate into PrEP coverage for only about 10,000 individuals. Brazil has over 200 million people. When you look at it that way, the math of the PrEP Brazil rollout isn’t so great.
December 12 / Hornet