The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug known to reduce HIV infections. A one-a-day pill called Truvada. It is more of a preventative measure for treating healthy people who are high risk for acquiring HIV through sexual activity. An estimated 1.2 million Americans have HIV, which develops into AIDS unless treated with antiviral drugs. And an estimated 240,000 HIV carriers are unaware that they are infected. The drug is a combination of two old HIV drugs Emtriva and Viread. Researchers now have a pill to combat a disease the has manifested in our society for 30 years, along with the now approved HIV home testing kit it is possible to get a handle on the disease.

Let’s not for forget this is pill is part of the prevention strategy , condoms , testing , and HIV prevention counseling is still priority, a three-year study established that daily doses cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42 percent, when accompanied by condoms and counseling. Last year, another study found that Truvada reduced infection by 75 percent in heterosexual couples in which one partner was infected with HIV and the other was not.  It’s important to be tested before taking this drug. Patients who are already infected could build up a resistance and the disease could become difficult to treat. Gilead Sciences said that it would keep the pill at its current price, nearly $14,000 per year. Even at that price, HIV physicians said the drug could be cost effective if it prevents people from contracting the virus. It’s not without side effects; label warns kidneys and liver problems could occur. FYI Share your thoughts…

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