A recent study which was published by New England Journal of Medicine revealed that men who took the antiretroviral drug Truvada drastically lowered their risk of contracting HIV.
After nearly three decades of struggle mankind it seems is finally getting the upper hand in fighting the deadly HIV virus. Today there are tools which will fight off the virus considerably. However the new drugs also could lead to a change in HIV prevention education.
The discovery of AIDS in the 1980’s particularly among the gay community has led to social upheavals and often discrimination among social groups. However the gay community has over the years managed to contain the epidemic and has to a large extent curtailed its spread. However the disease continues to spread among others and today it can affect anyone. The disease is transmitted through body fluids and by unprotected sex as well as contaminated needles.
However the threat can be tackled with a new drug which has been approved by FDA and CDC to prevent the infection of HIV. The drug is currently used to treat those with HIV or AIDS; however, studies have found that the antiretroviral drug can also prevent infection.
3 tests have been carried out since 2010 that gave noteworthy proof of success. The CDC has now announced that the drug can be used alongside condoms, as a means to prevent HIV infection. The new guidelines have been given to Doctors to consider the Drug Regimen also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), for gay men who do not use condoms. It could be also used by straight people with high-risk partners e.g. drug injectors or bisexual males who do not use condoms, HIV-positive person and anyone who is a drug addict and uses iv needles.