Concern Over Facebook HIV Medication Ads

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MENLO PARK, CA —Public health companies and LGBTQ groups are asking Facebook to remove misleading advertisements about HIV prevention medication.

The ads, which link to law firms and ongoing lawsuits, play up the possibility of FDA-approved medication causing kidney failure and bone density problems.

Advocacy groups, like the LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD, are concerned the ads could scare people away from treatment.

In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, GLAAD writes, “we are urgently reaching out to Facebook and Instagram regarding factually inaccurate advertisements which suggest negative health effects of Truvada PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). The advertisements are targeting LGBTQ Facebook and Instagram users, and are causing significant harm to public health.”

Facebook says its fact checkers haven't found any falsehoods in the ads.

“We value our work with LGBTQ groups and constantly seek their input,” Facebook spokeswoman Devon Kearns said in a statement. “While these ads do not violate our ad policies nor have they been rated false by third-party fact-checkers, we’re always examining ways to improve and help these key groups better understand how we apply our policies."

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