Did you know that there is a pill you can take daily to prevent HIV? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. We surveyed 1,347 men who have sex with men in New York City and less than half had heard of PrEP, but once we told them what PrEP is — a daily pill that is very effective at preventing HIV – 67% said they would consider using it.
That’s why, over Pride weekend, we launched a new campaign to educate men of color in Harlem and throughout New York City about this promising development in HIV prevention. We were at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem Pride, NYC Pride Festival, and more.
Harlem United at The Apollo; Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene poses at Pride; our photobooth at Harlem Pride
But why is PrEP necessary?
We’ve made much progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS but infection rates are very high for some, like gay and bisexual men of color. Communities of color, including in Harlem, are particularly hard hit by the HIV epidemic as well! But we’re committed to doing something about it. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is an effective means to prevent HIV infection! That’s huge! We need to get the word out that PrEP is an option.
To find out if PrEP is right for you, or someone you know, check out harlemunited.org/prep or give us a call at 212.803.2850.