In a press release dated May 28, the Ministry of Solidarity and Health announced that the initial prescription of drugs used for HIV PrEP would now be open to all physicians, and in particular to general practitioners. Until now, the initiation of PrEP has been reserved for doctors in hospitals or practicing in free information, screening and diagnostic centers (CeGIDD). Medical follow-up could then be provided in town.

This measure was announced by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran on the occasion of World AIDS Day 2020, but the Council of State had issued a negative opinion on the legal formulation of the authorization decree. Prescribing PrEP for all doctors had been expected for several years now, and had already been delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis. A crisis which is also responsible for a drop in new PrEP initiations by more than 50%.

The High Authority of Health (HAS) had recommended that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can be initiated and renewed by all doctors. She had also published quick responses to support city doctors in this process. To meet the training needs of general practitioners, the French Society for the Fight against AIDS (SFLS) and its partners have for their part developed a free platform open remotely: formaprep.org.