WHO advises gay people to take antiretrovirals as a preventative

Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads the WHO HIV department, says the organization is seeing “explosion of the epidemic”. He explains this by the fact that there is a relaxation of prevention and worry.

According to the WHO report, gay men today are 19 times more likely than the average population to be infected with the virus.

And to counter this data, the WHO estimates that taking a daily pill combining two antiretrovirals, in addition to the use of condoms, could reduce the risks by 20 to 25%, and avoid “one million new infections in this group in ten years”.

As a reminder, more than 35.3 million people are living with HIV worldwide, and 71% are concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa.