A new ray of light has been lit upon the individuals suffering from AIDS, as per the latest news FDA has approved a new drug which prevents HIV virus and this is being considered the latest battle after 30 years against AIDS.
Truvada is the name of the drug which has been approved by the Gilead Sciences, this medication is for people who are healthy and are at a risk of obtaining HIV especially through sexual activity. This drug has been approved weeks before the same company launched their OTC HIV test kit, this kit helps individuals conduct a self test; these tests can be conducted within the privacy of the owners house. It has been in United States that two massive developments have taken place to slow down the spread of HIV; the country faces almost 50,000 new infections each year and this number has been the same for almost 15 years now.
The new reports say that at least 1.2 million Americans are infected with HIV, and this infection can easily get converted to AIDA if proper care is not taken or if HIV is not treated with antibiotics. Most of the people are not even aware that they are infected with a deadly infection.
It is now being stated that HIV infection can now be prevented with the two new successful launches this year .i.e. HIV kit and the new drug Truvada. This is a powerful combination taken towards preventing HIV. The news is that this medication will not be available without health insurance, as people without health insurance are at the risk of acquiring HIV. The research for finding this solution has come a long way and Truvada is being considered an amazing breakthrough.
The patients who can acquire Truvada will be taking part in the HIV prevention plan, as this will enhance the impact of the drug. The prevention plan will include session for people suffering from HIV infection and these participants will be able to acquire HIV testing kit, counseling and of course the drug. Some experts are raising concerns as they explain the role of drug in the new world, some experts feel that a few patients may not use the drug effectively.
It is declared that the drug has to be consumed on daily basis to fight the infection. People who are at a higher risk of acquiring AIDS have also consumed this drug on regular basis. This drug carries a warning label stating that individual should be tested for HIV before consuming the drug. Patients who already suffer from HIV should not consume this medicine as it can make their treatment even more difficult, by increasing their resistance to the infection, thus infection can be more difficult to treat.
Side effects are listed with Truvada; this drug can lead to kidney or liver problems. Gilead Sciences the manufacturer of the drug have marketed the drug since 2004 and this drug needs to consumed only once in a day. Truvada is a combination of Emtriva and Viread. It was not until 2010 that it could be studied that the drug could prevent HIV. It was later put to trials and was discovered that the daily dosage this drug was able to cut the risk of infections in gay people and bisexuals by almost 42%, but this possible only with condoms and proper counseling. It was only until last year it was found that the infection was reduced to almost 75% of the heterosexual couples.
Since Truvada is available in the pharmacy market, many physicians recommend it a precautionary measure. FDA has given a nod to Gilead Sciences to officially market the drug for the use of preventing HIV infections.
Some groups have come forward raising their issues with regard to the drug; this group belongs to the AIDS foundation, this group is in disagreement with preventing ability of the drug against HIV. They say as this would give people more freedom and they stop the usage of condoms, which is actually the most preventative call against HIV.
The debate continues over the clinical trials of Truvada, people have their concerns and believe that usage of condoms was the reason behind preventing the HIV virus as the drug did not play a major role. The counters reply from the FDA scientists state that, they do not have any evidence that the condoms were being used to prevent the infection from transferring and as per to them it’s the drug that prevented the HIV infection spreading.
The cost of Truvada is almost $14000 for a year, which the physicians say is cost effective when compared to the treatment offered for the HIV infection. The HIV physicians finally stated that the drug could be more cost effective if helps to prevent the people from transferring the virus.