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18 July 2012

US approval of drug for HIV prevention welcomed cautiously in UK

via Pink News, by Stephen Gray

NAT said the drug would not take the place of condom use and education in mainstream prevention efforts (Photo: Karrie Nodalo)The decision by US authorities to approve the anti-retroviral drug Truvada for groups at risk of contracting HIV has been cautiously welcomed in the UK.

The US Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to help prevent HIV infection amongst those at very high risk.

the FDA emphasised the need for other prevention methods, such as safe sex practices, risk reduction counselling and regular HIV testing.

FDA commissioner Margaret A Hamburg said it was an “important milestone” in the fight against HIV.

She said: “Every year, about 50,000 US adults and adolescents are diagnosed with HIV infection, despite the availability of prevention methods and strategies to educate, test, and care for people living with the disease.

“New treatments as well as prevention methods are needed to fight the HIV epidemic in this country.”

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