Ads for drug injury lawsuits were a problem long before they targeted HIV prevention medication
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Facebook removed personal injury advertisements early this week that contained misleading information about medications designed to prevent the spread of HIV, after months of outcry from LGBTQ organizations like GLAAD, The Washington Post reported. Encouraging people at risk of HIV to take these medications is a key strategy in efforts to reduce the transmission of the virus — so misinformation around this drug is especially concerning. But doctors and public health experts have been concerned for years about the risks posed by similar ads from personal injury lawyers, without the same level of public outcry.
“These types of ads have been ignored for so many years,” says Liz Tippett, a professor studying drug injury ads at the…