Military.com: Air Force HIV Prevention Drugs

Number 28254
Subject Prescriptions
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State
Year 2018
Publication Date June 2018
Summary If you're a gay man in uniform, the Air Force presents a dilemma. You can fly for the service, or you can take Truvada, a pre-exposure prophylactic drug designed to reduce the risk of HIV. The Air Force bars pilots from using the drug, citing safety concerns. But critics say the service's reticence to approve the medication is a symptom of latent cultural reticence bordering on homophobia, and moralistic concerns over a sexually promiscuous lifestyle. This report includes interviews with pilots who have been affects by the policy, including one who opted to avoid the service due to the restriction. A follow-up report details how the Air Force reversed course to approve the drug, showing the impact of Military.com's reporting.
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Keywords Military.com, LGBTQ+, Air Force, HIV, Truvada, drug, prescriptions
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