OLYMPIA, Washington — Recently released data shows that Washington state is doing well compared to other states when it comes to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis use, a daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV infection among HIV-negative people. The data comes just over three years after Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation supporting the development of a statewide plan to reduce the rate of new HIV diagnoses by 50 percent by 2020.
The AIDSVu data show that in Washington state, at least 2,694 individuals are on PrEP.
“PrEP is an effective tool for HIV prevention, and is a critical component of our state’s Ends AIDS Washington initiative,” said Office of Infectious Disease Deputy Director, Beth Crutsinger-Perry. Data released by AIDSVu this week represents an encouraging and useful perspective on PrEP use.
The Department of Health coordinates a PrEP drug assistance program for HIV-negative people who have risk factors that expose them to HIV. This program offers financial assistance for medication and lab services.