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HIV AIDS Prevention among Gays with Daily Truvada Pill

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Researchers have made an enthralling progress in HIV AIDS prevention. A pill which is being employed till now for treating HIV infection appears to be a potent tool in shielding gay males from contracting the viral form, a worldwide trial has noted.

Recommended dosage of Truvada on an everyday basis curbs the risk of catching HIV infection by forty-four percent when taken alongside the use of condom, counselling plus other preventative measures. Male pill takers who did not skip any doses had greater shielding from HIV infection by close to seventy-three percent.

Scientists were apprehensive that Truvada may proffer a fake feeling of safety & making males lesser prone to using a condom or limiting their sexual mates, however, the contrary occurred, risky sexual encounters plummeted.

According to the AIDS prevention chief, Doctor K. Fenton from the United States CDC & Prevention, these findings are a noteworthy advancement which could assist in curbing the HIV infection outbreak among gay males. However Fenton even cautioned that they might be inapplicable to individuals with exposure to HIV infection via man-woman sexual intercourse, usage of drugs or other means. Researches in these sets are still on-going.

Condoms still ‘numero uno’ for HIV AIDS Prevention

Since the pill is existent in markets, the CDC is hurriedly developing parameters for physicians to use it for HIV AIDS prevention & urging individuals for waiting till these are completed.

Doctor Fenton firmly believes that males (gays & bisexuals) mustn’t make the blunder of tossing out condoms. Truvada must never mistakenly be believed to be the foremost line of defence for combating HIV infection.

Practically speaking, costing of the pill being five to fourteen thousand dollars annually in the U.S. though solely thirty-nine cents/day in a few third-world nations where their generic version are available could restrict its widespread usage.

If or not insurance service providers or government health programmes must reimburse for them is a tricky matter that needs to be resolved & cost-efficacy assessments would be of notable assistance.

Some specialists point out that although this is an enthralling discovery, it is solely a trial in a particular populace hence its effects on others is yet not known.

Medications are already being deployed for HIV AIDS prevention among health care staff with accidental exposure to the virus & among infants whose pregnant mommas are taking the medicines. The use of such medication pre-exposure to the viral form might thwart it from forming a strong holding.

The approach has shown immense potential in monkey-models employing emtricitabine, tenofovir or Emtriva vended in combo as Truvada by the firm Gilead Sciences which offered it for the trial enrolling around 2500 males at elevated risk of developing HIV infection in foreign locations across the globe. Among males taking Truvada on fifty percent of the occasions, risk dropped by half while those taking Truvada on ninety percent or more days, risk plummeted by seventy-three percent. Testing of medicine amounts in the bloodstream corroborated that persistent pill takers were found to have better shielding from the virus.

The therapy was found to be risk-free with side-effects analogous in all entrants of the trial apart from feeling nauseous that was pervasive among the medicine set during the initial month though not beyond that time. Unplanned weight reduction additionally was prevalent in the medicine set, however it was noted to occur among just some people. Additional trial is required for analyzing likely long-standing risks.

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