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Estimating the ‘PrEP Gap’: how implementation and access to PrEP differ between countries in Europe and Central Asia in 2019

Eurosurveillance, 2019; 24(41) (doi: 10.2807/1560-7917).

Authors: Rosalie Hayes, Axel J. Schmidt, Anastasia Pharris, Yusef Azad, Alison E. Brown, Peter Weatherburn, Ford Hickson, Valerie Delpech, Teymur Noori, the ECDC Dublin Declaration Monitoring Network.

Abstract

In 2019, only 14 European and Central Asian countries provided reimbursed HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Using EMIS-2017 data, we present the differ-ence between self-reported use and expressed need for PrEP in individual countries and the European Union (EU). We estimate that 500,000 men who have sex with men in the EU cannot access PrEP, although they would be very likely to use it. PrEP’s potential to eliminate HIV is currently unrealised by national healthcare systems.

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