FDA Approves HIV Prevention Pill "Truvada"
July 16, 2012 11:01 PM
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According to the FDA, Truvada treatment will cost nearly $14,000 annually
A drug used to prevent
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?
7/17/2012 7:54:04 AM
Not sure why I was rated down, but my first post was re: sex with a condom and not using this new drug.
If 25% infection rate when using a condom with an HIV positive person WHILE using the drug is true.... Then either people were not being honest about how they had sex or the infection rate with sex/condom/no drug is higher.
Reason I am saying this is 10% is the percentage chance for a male NOT using a condom and contracting HIV. 100% chance for a female. This is due to the surface area difference.
RE: Who in their right mind?
7/18/2012 1:04:18 AM
The article never says there is a 25% infection rate when using a condom and this pill. It says it reduces the risk by 75%. That is not the same as saying there is 25% risk.
If the risk without this pill is 10% as you say, then reducing that by 75% would mean you still have a 2.5% risk using this pill.
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