What's Happening With PrEP In Mecklenburg County?

Dec 21, 2019

It’s been almost a year since President Trump announced that Mecklenburg would be a target for a national initiative to eradicate new HIV diagnoses and four years since Mecklenburg County Public Health started organizing its “Getting to Zero” initiative with a similar goal.

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"Ten Good Reasons to Use a Condom," "HIV Facts" and "STD Facts" are the titles of brochures on a turnstile in the lobby. No, not in the health department. But in Faith Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in northeast Charlotte.

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More than 300 uninsured people in Mecklenburg County will soon be able to get a drug that can prevent them from getting HIV. The county is funding this as part of a pilot project to reduce the spread of the deadly virus. Even though new infections have decreased in recent years, the county still has a new infection rate of 30.4 per 100,000 people. That's more than double the national average.

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UPDATED 12:18 p.m. 12/20/2017

Mecklenburg County commissioners voted to fund a pilot project to help prevent the spread of HIV. The county has an infection rate more than double the national average. Tuesday night, the county health director will propose spending $248,000 to get medicines that provide significant protection to those most at risk.