Didn't you know? HIV is Primary Care

Ben Andrews, MD

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.