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Todd Gloria sponsors statewide resolution to declare Aug.16 as "PrEP and PEP Awareness Day"

Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) wants Californians to know there are new medications that can substantially slow the spread of HIV. There are about 220,000 people who are at high-risk of exposure in California alone. 

To bring awareness to the prevention of the disease, he recently authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 258 (ACR 258) to establish Aug. 16, 2018, as PrEP and PEP Awareness Day in California. PrEP and PEP stand for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis respectively. 

He is scheduled to present the resolution today, Thursday, August 16, on the Assembly Floor. 

“New antiretroviral medications, such as PrEP and PEP, have been shown to be safe and effective in reducing the risk of acquiring HIV,” Assemblymember Gloria says.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), PrEP is highly effective in preventing HIV if used as prescribed, and only if taken consistently. 

"Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90-percent," they write on their web page about using PrEP. "Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods."