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According to the FDA, Truvada treatment will cost nearly $14,000 annually

A drug used to prevent HIV infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today.
The drug is called Truvada, and it was developed by Gilead Sciences in California. The pill is to be used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) along with regular HIV testing and safe sex. 
According to trial results, Truvada successfully reduced the risk of HIV infection by 42 percent in HIV-negative volunteers that had sex with several partners -- including those who were HIV-positive. In heterosexual partners where one person was infected, but used condoms during each sexual encounter, Truvada cut the risk of infection by 75 percent. 
"Today's approval marks an important milestone in our fight against HIV," said Dr. Margaret Hamburg, FDA Commissioner. "Every year, about 50,000 U.S. adults and adolescents are diagnosed with HIV infection, despite the availability of prevention methods and strategies to educate, test and care for people living with the disease."
Previously, Truvada was approved to be used with other antiretroviral drugs. Today's approval allows the drug to be used alone, except with non-drug related combinations like safe sex.
Some side effects experienced by those using Truvada were nausea, diarrhea, headache, weight loss, kidney problems, abdominal pain and bone toxicity. 
According to the FDA, Truvada treatment will cost nearly $14,000 annually. 
Earlier this month, the FDA approved a HIV home test quick called OraQuick, which was created by a company called OraSure. The test can be taken at home, and provides results in about 30 minutes. The test is meant for those who do not have access to a doctor. 

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RE: Who in their right mind?
By V-Money on 7/17/2012 1:12:01 AM , Rating: 1
You made it to the side effects? I read the
According to the FDA, Truvada treatment will cost nearly $14,000 annually
and thought "well, this drug isn't for me". Granted I don't regularly have sex with HIV positive partners, you still have to deal with the reality that others do.

I think I want to create an instant STD test kit that includes a Penicillin injection. It will display 3 results, a thumbs up for "clean", a syringe for "have at it but keep the penicillin shot handy", and a sad clown face for "you better double wrap it tonight".

RE: Who in their right mind?
By invidious on 7/17/2012 10:14:02 AM , Rating: 2
It's seems like it is clearly meant for people whose spouse has HIV, not for people having random hookups. Even a 0.1% chance of contracting HIV is pretty high if you are having sex with an HIV positive person multiple times per week. Considering the cost of HIV treatment $14,000 annually wouldn't be that bad if insurance would cover it.

RE: Who in their right mind?
By geddarkstorm on 7/17/2012 11:21:09 AM , Rating: 2
Problem is, it doesn't eliminate the chance of infection, just only lowers it (which is still a good thing). So the problem of getting HIV from such a spouse is not gone, at all. And it might falsely embolden people.

RE: Who in their right mind?
By Aloonatic on 7/17/2012 2:00:08 PM , Rating: 3
The average wedding in the usa costs about $26,000.

Just get married, then the sex will dry up any way and within a couples of years (2 $14,000 = £28,000) you'll be in profit and safe from infection too :)

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