In a milestone announcement, today the FDA approved the use of Truvada, the first drug to be used for HIV prevention in the 30-plus year battle against the virus. To be used as part of safe sex practices and continued testing, the drug, which was first approved in 2004, has already shown promise in preventing infection, with some figures placing protection rates as high as 90 percent.
Still, some concerns have been raised about the drug, not least among them the potential for mutation of the virus--there are theories that the preventative drug will encourage the virus to become stronger. To help curb that possibility, the FDA says "Truvada's manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, Inc., is required to collect viral isolates from individuals who acquire HIV while taking Truvada and to evaluate these isolates for the presence of resistance." In other words, Truvada will, you know, watch the situation closely.
The drug may also come with a hefty pricetag of $13,900 for a year's worth of pills, but right now, it's the only drug of its kind, and so that might be expected. Most FDA regulations focus on general safe sex practices--condoms, that kind of thing--to prevent infection, but this is the first medicine approved to stop contraction of the virus. We'll bring you more on this as it develops--this is a huge deal for U.S. treatment of HIV.
This would be some good news for people whose wife or husband have HIV and for doctors who constantly work in close proximity of the HIV.
GILEAD, the name is kind of funny. Guy with a lead penis would help to prevent desease I think, lol.
But, over all, I pray and hope it does reduces illness and desease! YEA for medical science and prevention.
Approved way too early. Some serious concerns with this drug still remain, some mentioned already in the article. Cant believe this is happening. Some people in academia are gonna have a fit about this.
Also, 90% effective in 'some figures'? Ok, first, please provide the source for that, and secondly, pretty crap reporting, average efficiency is no where near that.
Im all for drugs that work, but this is too soon, too fast, and it is playing with fire, somewhat.
What a waste of time and energy! HIV/AIDS is already a 100% preventable disease. All that money was throw away in a useless task. This disease could have been wiped from the earth in one generation if stupid people would have stop spreading it.
All this energy should have been used on better projects. Cures or cancer, rebuilding to tissue, birth defects would have all been better use of time and money.
as someone who has taken Truvada since it came out I can say I have never once had an issue with mutation and my viral infection is undetectable.
and Warezones... it's not too early. it's been on the market since 2004. I should know. I have been on it since it came out.
Jefro... tell that to someone who got it because they were raped by homophobic straights.
If it works then great. Its about time we show these "incurable" diseases who is in charge.
Also, what happens if I take the red pill?
You go down the rabbit hole and find out all the machines were sucking you dry!
i like how you immediately bring up the gay and rape cards as soon as somebody acts like an asshole. it totally shows that you are mature and well rounded individual capable of conscious thought for the betterment of yourself and those around you. really. i especially like how you brought these points up after s/he didn't even mention gays or rape, simply that a generation was being stupid.
you are the cancer of this world, not just because of your decisions or actions but because you don't think for one second before tossing words out your mouth that you've been told to say.
don't get me wrong; rape is a serious thing and it is a mark of improvement in our collective society that it is considered as wrong as it is. however a thought comes to mind of what could be achieved in preventing rape if my generation didn't dress like whores, drink and party without limits, and hide your eyes from the situation your in because you'd rather have a fun time. i'm not saying that if you were raped then you deserve it, because that would be tasteless and awful. what i am saying is my generation personally wouldn't have as much of a problem with it if they didn't make it easy.
as for the drug; i am happy that we have a solution to a disease that is spread through more ways than one. however the fact that it had been on the market before it was tested and now is out on the market with fda approval doesn't sit well with me. the FDA once upon a time was meant to keep our food good and our drugs safe but since then it's devolved into something that is greedy, outdated, and a hindrance to the people who would want to legally get away from it.
the proof is in the pudding, there hasn't been a year that's gone by that there hasn't been some kind of drug recall that had at one point been FDA approved. i realize that they might be busy but to point out a simple fact; they are a government organization who isn't doing their job properly. if i had that kind of performance report with the job i'm working at now they would have fired me.
to mars or bust!
Truvada has been given approval by the US health regulators as an approved drug for prevention of the HIV infection. Truvada is to be used by those people who are at high risk of contracting the HIV infection. People who have sex with the HIV infected partners can have this preventive drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 16 2012, has issued statement of their approval of Truvada as the drug shown to reduce risk of the HIV infection. This development has been touted as the milestone in medical science and fight against the HIV virus which causes the AIDS. AIDS which is caused by the HIV virus cannot be treated. There is no cure for AIDS but with advancement medicines have been developed which is able to give more days to live to infected person.
Read more about Truvada @ www.99healthplus.com
thank you for showing you are just the same as you accuse me of being. I wasn't being stupid... nor part of a stupid generation. I take offense to that as I was raped because I'm gay by straight guy trying to teach me a lesson.
I am very happy that a drug like this has been produced. It is helping save my life from a factor that was forced upon me... not me being stupid.
Its so obvious that aids is a man made disease. Cooke dup at some weapons lab. The purpose is to control the population of Africa and black people in general. Its been quite successful.
You guys are stupid. You can't read the story. "drug to be used for HIV prevention"
If you have aids now then there is a 95% chance we know how you got it. There is little chance you got to from watching TV. There is almost no chance you got it by accident.
This pill is designed to let stupid people do stupid stuff. If you are having sex with an infected person then that is pretty stupid.
If you wanted to cure the entire world of this disease then you could. You simply don't transmit it to other people. In a generation the disease would be gone.
It is not like flies give it to you. Just to listen to such stupid stuff makes me wonder. A straight guy is not going to rape you. I doubt this pill is made for the people might get raped by straight men.
The most sad part about this is the live animals that were infected to make this pill. Thousands maybe millions of animals suffered so gay men could have casual sex. Sad, sad, sad. How does that feel, raping a poor animal so you can do nasty things?
You ought to take responsibly for your actions. If you have aids we can't undo that. You can stop the spread.
I am sure in history of stories of individuals showing up with a cure or trying to help the sick, of being accused of causing the illness too. You opinion is note worthy, can you provide the pin point supportive fact of your statement?
Check out the AIDS documentary "House of Numbers", based on the comments here it will probably blow your mind.
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