HIV Prevention Meds At The Push Of A Smartphone Button
A new app will allow healthy people to order a 3-month supply of PrEP, a drug that can reduce a patient's chance of contracting HIV by more than 90 percent, without a doctor's visit.
The San Jose Mercury News:
New App To Deliver HIV Prevention Meds Without A Doctor's Visit
It would have been unthinkable three decades ago, when San Francisco was in the grip of the AIDS epidemic and the city's gay community was living in terror of the mysterious, deadly virus. But now, preventing HIV may be as simple as pushing a few buttons on a smartphone. (Kendall, 3/29)
In other news, a Stanford medical student's app is helping fight a global pandemic —
Stanford Start-Up Tackles Dangerous Counterfeit Drugs In East Africa
Jessica Vernon, now a medical student at Stanford, is co-director and one of the original founders of Miti Health. She lived in Kenya for two years prior to starting medical school. During her time there, she was surprised to learn that her friends and co-workers would go to private pharmacies for health care instead of using the public health system. Chemist shops are everywhere, Vernon says, “pretty much on every street corner, all over Kenya and all over Africa,” so their convenience can’t be beat. But the quality of medication prescribed was always a gamble. (Pickett, 3/29)