Didn't you know? HIV is Primary Care

Ben Andrews, MD

Room 5

Primary care providers are at the front lines in the battle against HIV. While ID docs have been early adopters of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), PCPs are critical for both preventing and treating HIV. The CDC hopes to increase access to PrEP 500% by 2020. Many urban and rural areas face a shortage of providers to care for and treat people living with HIV (PLWH). All primary care providers should understand the basics of prescribing PrEP to protect their at-risk patients from infection. PCPs should also be able to treat PLWH in urban areas, where HIV prevalence is high, and in rural areas, where HIV providers are scarce.