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  • HIV prevention drug 100 percent effective, latest study suggests

    09/04/2015 2:51:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    A study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases showed the controversial daily pill preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevented HIV infection in all 657 patients who took it for two and a half years. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 approved a fixed-dose treatment of emtricitabine and tenofovir for people who do not have HIV but may be at risk of contracting it. Those antiviral drugs comprise PrEP, sold under the brand name Truvada, which can keep HIV infection at bay when an individual is exposed from injection drug use or unprotected sex. “Our study is the first...
  • Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds (Truvada?!?)

    02/24/2015 7:54:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 4:20 PM EST | Marilynn Marchione
    For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test “on demand” use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning to have risky sex. The uninfected men who took it were 86 percent less likely to...
  • Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill

    10/18/2014 9:55:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2014 12:46 PM EDT | David Crary
    The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug. Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups.The Human Rights Campaign, which recently has been focusing its gay-rights advocacy on same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination issues, joined those ranks with the release...
  • Ready for H.I.V.'s Sexual Revolution? (Truvada to encourage more sodomy)

    05/23/2014 9:27:40 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 23, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Pretend it’s 1960, and the Food and Drug Administration has just done something startling. It has taken a drug it had previously approved for infertility — brand name Enovid — and approved it for the opposite use: birth control. That pill — soon simply the Pill — triggered the sexual revolution. But not overnight. Doctors at first resisted giving it to unmarried women. Women were shy about carrying evidence that they actually planned to have sex. Feminists like Margaret Sanger and Katharine D. McCormick braved vilification to champion it. Madison Avenue chimed in: Ads featured Andromeda, the princess of Greek...
  • Really Now? The Medical SCAM Of The Day

    05/16/2014 8:50:48 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | 05/15/2014 | Karl Denniger
    Federal health officials recommended Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it. If broadly followed, the advice could transform AIDS prevention in the United States — from reliance on condoms, which are effective but unpopular with many men, to a regimen that relies on an antiretroviral drug. It would mean a 50-fold increase in the number of prescriptions for the drug, Truvada — to 500,000 a year from fewer than 10,000. The drug costs $13,000 a year, and most insurers...
  • Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

    04/06/2014 1:14:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2014 12:11 PM EDT | David Crary
    It’s the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms. Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning hard to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50,000 a year in the U.S. Recent efforts range from think-tank forums and informational websites to a festive...
  • A Resisted Pill to Prevent H.I.V.

    12/31/2013 5:28:12 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | DAVID TULLER
    ... Many health experts hoped that the medication — Truvada, a combination of two antiviral drugs that has been used to treat H.I.V. since 2004 — would be exuberantly embraced by H.I.V.-negative gay men. Instead, Truvada has been slow to catch on as an H.I.V. preventive in the 18 months since the strategy’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration. In some quarters, the idea that healthy gay men should take a medication to prevent infection — an approach called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — has met with hostility or indifference. “It’s gotten tons of attention at H.I.V. meetings as...
  • FDA approves HIV-pill Truvada [I Bet Obamugabe Makes Taxpayers Pay For It]

    07/17/2012 6:29:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    wtvr.com ^ | 7/17/12 | Scott Wise
    A breakthrough in the fight against HIV infections. The FDA has approved a pill that can reduce a person’s risk of getting the virus. Dr.Shawn Hassler said he had been prescribing Truvada to patients prior to this week. “I know for a fact that I am preventing HIV infections in high-risk individuals by putting them on Truvada,” Dr. Hassler said. For the first time in the 30-year history of fighting AIDS, the FDA approved Truvada for use by healthy, HIV negative people who engage in risky sexual behavior or who have a partner with HIV.