The year 2010 marks a turning point in the fight against HIV. The disease is by no means beaten with an estimated 5.7 million people suffering from it in this country alone. In 2009, worldwide as many as 33.3 million people were believed to be living with HIV. This is a slight increase from 2008, in large part because many more people are accessing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and living longer with the virus.
The protection, known as "pre-exposure prophylaxis" or "PreP," is the first new form available to men, especially men who cannot use condoms because they sell sex, are in danger of prison rape, are under pressure from partners or lose their inhibitions when drunk or high.