‘It’s monumental’: FDA approves first injectable HIV prevention treatment

FAYETTEVILE, N.C. (WTVD) — Fayetteville native John Rowell calls the FDA’s approval of the first injectable treatment for HIV pre-exposure prevention, PrEP, “monumental.”

The FDA said the injectable is administered once a month for two months and then every two months after that.

Rowell, 25, takes PrEP, an HIV-prevention pill daily, and takes his sexual health seriously.

” I take it to not only keep myself safe but also keep my partners safe,” said Rowell.

Rowell has been on PrEP for a year and a half. He is now switching to the injectable because for him, it’s difficult remembering to take the pill each day.

“Every now and again you tend to forget. It’s like I know I forgot today, I can take it tomorrow, but then that worry in the back of your mind is what’s going to happen if I don’t take it,” said Rowell.

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