Advocating Pill, US Signals Shift to Prevent AIDS

Danielle Tobin


Federal health officials recommended Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill (Truvada) that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it. It can be looked at as a birth control, but instead controlling AIDS. The fact that the CDC (Center for Disease Control) approved this drug and is openly advocating its use is a huge deal because now people are taking it seriously. AIDS is a huge problem around the world (especially with gay men and drug users) and this pill is a huge step forward for protection. Many doctors are still skeptical to prescribe the drug, but since the CDC and FDA approved it, prescription is predicted to go up. Truvada, a mix of tenofovir and emtricitabine, is considered relatively safe with few side effects. Generic versions are made in India, and it has become very widely used as AIDS treatment in poor countries. 

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