Insurer Says Clients on Daily Pill Have Stayed H.I.V.-Free

Published by the New York Times September 2, 2015

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Demonstrating that taking a daily pill to prevent H.I.V. infection can work in the real world, San Francisco’s largest private health insurer announced Wednesday that not one of its 657 clients receiving the drug had become infected over a period of more than two years.

That outcome contradicted some critics’ predictions that so-called pre- exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, would lead to less condom use and more H.I.V. infections.

A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases found that the San Franciscans on PrEP, almost all of whom were gay men, did use fewer condoms — and contracted several other venereal diseases as a result. But none got H.I.V. 

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Daily pill Truvada cuts spread of HIV by 86%, study shows

Published by The Guardian, February 24th 2015

By Sarah Bosley

A daily pill can effectively protect gay men against infection with HIV, a UK trial has shown, which experts say now offers hope of reversing the virus’s spread.

Taking the drug, called Truvada, could become a daily routine for men who have sex with men in the same way that the contraceptive pill is for women, some believe. NHS England will now study the results to determine whether it is cost effective to provide it for men at risk of infection.

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San Francisco Official Says He Takes Truvada to Prevent H.I.V., and More Gay Men Should, Too

Published by the New York Times  September 17th 2014

By Josh Barro

Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, made an unusual public announcement on Wednesday: He takes Truvada, a daily antiviral pill, to greatly reduce his risk of contracting H.I.V.

Taking the pills is a practice known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and some researchers believe it may reduce the risk of infection by 99 percent if patients take their medication daily as prescribed. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012, PrEP has increasingly been embraced by public health authorities and is one of three planks of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan in New York to sharply cut new H.I.V. infections.

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