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Author: [Food & Fitness] Topic: Truvada
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Posted: 7/17/2012 2:00:17 AM
US health regulators have for the first time approved a drug to prevent HIV infection.

Truvada can be used by those at high risk of infection and anyone who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Studies showed the drug reduced the risk of contracting HIV by up to 73%.
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Posted: 7/17/2012 2:00:54 AM
Some health workers and groups active in the HIV community opposed a green light for the once-daily pill.

There have been concerns the circulation of such a drug could engender a false sense of security. There have also been fears that a drug-resistant strain of HIV could develop.

In a statement, the FDA stressed that the drug should be used as part of a "comprehensive HIV prevention plan", including condom use and regular HIV testing.

In May, an advisory group of health experts recommended approval for the pill.

Truvada, made by California-based Gilead Sciences, is already backed by the FDA to be taken with existing anti-retroviral drugs for people who have HIV.

Studies from 2010 showed that Truvada reduced the risk of HIV in healthy happy men - and among HIV-negative heterosexual partners of HIV-positive people - by between 44% and 73%.
dimndimn PM dimndimn
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Posted: 7/17/2012 2:55:18 PM
surprised gilead beat genentech on this one... Very curious what the long term side effects of this are.
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Posted: 9/9/2012 10:58:14 PM
I like to just come into this thread and admire the black outline of BMA with chains raised above his head and  ruminating on his most recent demise. It's an exhilarating experience...
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Posted: 11/8/2012 5:36:27 AM
A nice move against HIV.
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