Dec 31, 2019

Facebook removes misleading HIV drug ads

Facebook has removed adverts about HIV prevention medicines, following intense lobbying from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy groups. They argued in an open letter sent to Facebook in December, that the ads went beyond misinformation to "Put people's lives in imminent danger". Medical studies suggest drugs such as Truvada are safe. "As a result we have rejected the ads and they can no longer run on Facebook," it said in a statement to the BBC. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that PrEP drugs are "Highly effective for preventing HIV from sex and injection drug use". It read: "By allowing these advertisements to persist on their platforms, Facebook and Instagram are convincing at-risk individuals to avoid PrEP, invariably leading to avoidable HIV infections. You are harming public health."

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