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Daily use of drug to prevent HIV infection greeted with controversy

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Daily use of drug to prevent HIV infection greeted with controversy
AP PHOTO BY JEFF CHIU

Two weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it was recommending physicians consider Truvada, a medication used to treat HIV/AIDS, to prevent infection for high-risk patients who are HIV negative. Seen as a miracle drug by some and a "party drug" by others, Truvada has struggled to take off as a preventative measure and, prior to the CDC's endorsement, foundered under its own controversy.

The drug regimen is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and involves taking one pill of Truvada daily. The most common side effects are initial nausea and headaches, but even those generally subside after a couple of weeks. Most impressive is the efficacy rate: Studies point to a reduction in risk of contracting HIV that is higher than 90 percent for individuals who take the medicine daily as recommended.

Additionally, the CDC has recommended PrEP only for high-risk patients — meaning gay men who have sex without condoms; intravenous drug users; and couples, gay or straight, where one partner is HIV positive and the other is negative.

"While a vaccine or cure may one day end the HIV epidemic, PrEP is a powerful tool that has the potential to alter the course of the U.S. HIV epidemic today," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, in a press release.

But PrEP comes with its detractors, the most vocal of whom have come from within the HIV/AIDS and gay community. PrEP users often carry the stigma of being hypersexual gay men, looking to justify their promiscuous sex lives and disavowal of condoms with a daily pill. The label "Truvada whore" soon emerged as a means to shame PrEP users (though the term is now being reclaimed by PrEP activists as a source of pride through hashtags and T-shirts).

However, the loudest critic by far has been the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that provides care to HIV positive patients around the globe.

"This is a position I fear the CDC will come to regret," said AHF President Michael Weinstein in a public statement. "By recommending widespread use of PrEP for HIV prevention despite research studies amply chronicling the inability to take it as directed, and showing a limited preventive effect at best, the CDC has abandoned a science-driven, public health approach to disease prevention — a move that will likely have catastrophic consequences in the fight against AIDS in this country."

The push for PrEP is playing out like a grand battle between two formidable foes. On one side is the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company that produces Truvada, Gilead Sciences, headquartered just a few miles south in Foster City. On the other is AHF, the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the US. While on the surface it may seem like a massive corporation taking on the not-for-profit underdog, the reality is much more complex.

 

THE TRUVADA TRAIN

When Truvada was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration 10 years ago, it was a revolutionary new pill used in combination with other drugs to help control the virus in HIV-positive patients. At a time when most HIV medications required taking pills throughout the day and carried intolerable side effects, Truvada was a once-a-day godsend.

Since then, Gilead has established itself as one of the leading companies for HIV medications, producing or helping to produce many top drugs, such as Atripla, Complera, and Stribild, all of which use components of Truvada in their formulas.

But Truvada's truly revolutionary moment came in July 2012, when it became the first drug approved by the FDA to reduce the risk of HIV infection in negative individuals.

Controversy immediately ensued.

Comments

My favorite part is the analogy
"It's very similar to women taking birth control; it reduces the unwanted consequences of condom-less sex"

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Posted by LISA THOMAS on Jul. 30, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

in an attempt to salvage its expiring patent for the medication by providing for another use - that's the back story here which no one wants to address. Its efficacy is not proven and its side effects severe. We as a community are better than this.

Posted by Guest on May. 30, 2014 @ 10:51 am

This is utter idiocy. These medications are potent, and toxic. Truvada is barely second-generation AZT, which was well known to cause countless health problems and even deaths in the 1980s. Watch the movie Dallas buyers club. Now people are going to be popping these things like candy? This is irresponsible and outrageous conduct on the part of health professionals. The ignorance backing this is incredible. They know these drugs are toxic. You only give them as a last resort, to prevent death from HIV. You don't give them to healthy people. We are going to start seeing countless health problems showing up in these individuals. Long term. Watch and see.

Posted by Guest on May. 30, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

Taking advantage of people's weakness is the MO here. This is nothing short of deplorable! The promise that sex can be fun again?!?!? No more condoms, really?Dream on! Those days are never coming back. How is the LGBT community turning a blind eye to this? How do these people sleep at night? And comparing pregnancy to HIV infection, wth? What's wrong with this city?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 01, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

Some of these "guest" comments are awful. Look at the facts folks. To be on PrEP you need to be monitored by a doctor and tested every 3 months. That's great preventative care most gay men do not now receive. Men who take Truvada generally want and are trying to make sure they stay negative, a group that is much less likely to engage in 'reckless' behavior. We 'medicate' ourselves as a society to prevent viruses and infections all the time; have you ever gotten a flu shot? The dosage of a medication changes its side effects- the dosage for PrEP is much lower than what it is for HIV- Positive patients- think about it, taking one advil or taking 10 will dramatically change how it affects your body. Truvada in PrEP dosages doesn't have the same toxicity levels as with HIV- Treatment dosages. HIV 'anxiety' is a real psychological problem for many gay men. It's a fear that HIV is inevitable. Truvada, and PrEP can help with that fear and help many gay men enjoy life and sex again without the constant fear of an inevitability of infection.

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Posted by daniel raso on Jul. 23, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

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Goodday
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Posted by Kate Morrison on Jul. 29, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

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Posted by Carolina Gaviria on Jul. 29, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

Hello.
I am Lisa Thomas from USA Florida.I want to make a testimony of what Dr OBAZE did for me. He cure me from HIV and heal my swollen legs and now i am heal and i am count among the healthy people in the society i am happy and please with.
If you are same and you need help of any problem please do contact Dr OBAZE for you to have a better life time.
EMAIL= obazespiritualspelltemple@hotmail.com
PHONE NUMBER=+2348157905793
WEB SITE=http://obazespiritualtemple.webs.com
REGARDS.
LISA THOMAS..,

Posted by LISA THOMAS on Jul. 30, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

Hello.
I am Lisa Thomas from USA Florida.I want to make a testimony of what Dr OBAZE did for me. He cure me from HIV and heal my swollen legs and now i am heal and i am count among the healthy people in the society i am happy and please with.
If you are same and you need help of any problem please do contact Dr OBAZE for you to have a better life time.
EMAIL= obazespiritualspelltemple@hotmail.com
PHONE NUMBER=+2348157905793
WEB SITE=http://obazespiritualtemple.webs.com
REGARDS.
LISA THOMAS..

Posted by LISA THOMAS on Jul. 30, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

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