Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/14/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Doctors have already been prescribing Truvada to sexually active homosexuals

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration says that Truvada, a drug already used to treat H.I.V. infection should also be approved to prevent it. The recommendation is the first time government advisers have advocated giving antiviral medicine to healthy people who might be exposed through sexual activity to the virus that causes AIDS. Used alone and correctly, Truvada greatly reduces chances of infection.

The panel recommended that Truvada be prescribed for people at high risk of infection, like gay men who have multiple sex partners, as well as people engaged in sexual acts with someone who is H.I.V.-positive. Young black men who have sex with other men are at the highest risk.

The panel recommended that Truvada be prescribed for people at high risk of infection, like gay men who have multiple sex partners, as well as people engaged in sexual acts with someone who is H.I.V.-positive. Young black men who have sex with other men are at the highest risk.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/14/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Truvada, H.I.V. prevention, AIDS, gay men


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One panelist called approving the drug "an amazing opportunity to turn the tide on this epidemic." Studies have proven that people who take the medicine every day have a greatly reduced risk of infection.

The panel recommended that Truvada be prescribed for people at high risk of infection, like gay men who have multiple sex partners, as well as people in relationships with someone who is H.I.V.-positive. Young black men who have sex with other men are at the highest risk. Truvada would also be recommended for other high-risk people, like prostitutes.

Doctors reiterate that the drug is meant not to replace condoms and what are called by some safe-sex measures, but to be used with them for added protection. Of course, abstinence from sexual acts outside of a monogamous marriage is the full treatment to avoid sexually transmitted sisaeases.

Experts say better methods of prevention are needed because there are 50,000 new H.I.V. infections a year in the United States. That rate has not budged in 15 to 20 years. Counseling and condoms are not doing the job, they said, and many of the newly infected are men whose sexual partners do not realize they are H.I.V.-positive.

Some panelists mentioned the possibility that people who become infected while taking Truvada could develop dangerous drug-resistant strains of the virus, but the panel decided that the benefits of preventing new infections outweighed the risks.

An F.D.A. analysis found that people who are older and more educated are more likely to take the drug faithfully. There is no data to tell whether Truvada would prevent H.I.V. infection spread by sharing needles.

Because Truvada has already been approved to treat H.I.V. infection, doctors are free to prescribe it for prevention, and some have been doing so. Prescribing a drug for something other than its approved purpose, called off-label use, is allowed by the F.D.A., though drug companies are not permitted to market or promote drugs for such uses.

Advocates of providing Truvada for prevention say that patients should be tested for H.I.V. infection before starting the drug, because if someone who is already infected takes Truvada alone, drug-resistant strains of the virus may quickly develop. Some patients may also need to have their kidney function checked.

In the 30-year battle against AIDS, "it's the first time we have talked about a medication for prevention of HIV," one medical official said.

Doctors are allowed to prescribe Truvada "off-label" for prevention, but FDA approval would formally allow the pill's maker Gilead Sciences to market it for that use. It would probably lead many more insurance companies to pay for the costly drug. The FDA usually follows advisers' recommendations and a decision is expected by June 15.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Health

The Universal Flu Vaccine: Researchers are closer to a solution that attacks a different part of the virus Watch

Image of Human immune response to influenza is directed against a protein on the virus called hemagglutinin, and a portion of the protein called the hemagglutinin head, where the majority of the mutations occur.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a universal misery that comes whenever the weather cools or it starts to rain. Influenza begins to settle in to a large part of the population, leading to school and job absences. Researchers now say hat attacking a largely hidden part of the influenza ... continue reading


Grandmother miraculously beats eight different cancers in a row Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many people lose hope while battling cancer and experience even more trauma when they fight the same disease again and again. Despite the constant evolution of technology, there are still risks of developing different forms of cancer at any time. However, one ... continue reading


Hepatitis C finally given approval in United Kingdom after 'inexcusable wait' Watch

Image of Sufferer Pamela Anderson claims she got Hepatitis C from her ex-husband Tommy Lee after they shared tattoo needles.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It comes as wonderful news for untold thousands of Hepatitis C sufferers, albeit one that came after an "Inexcusable wait." The once-a-day drug sofosbuvir has a 90 percent success rate by patients - and will be available free of charge for patients in the ... continue reading


First human brain grown in laboratory dubbed success, despite scientific doubt Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time in the history of science, an almost full-grown human brain was successfully grown outside the body and in a laboratory by a team of researchers. According to The Guardian, the brain is a size comparable to that of a 5-week-old fetus. The brain will ... continue reading


Modern Paleo diet may not be so Paleolithic Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Carbohydrates, largely overlooked in the modern Paleo diet, were actually a part of the food group consumed by our hunting-and-gathering forefathers, according to a new study published earlier this month. Although the diet works effectively on some trying to lose ... continue reading


Is coffee really good for you? New research finds coffee may reduce risk of some cancers Watch

Image of

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Caffeinated coffee drinkers are at a lower risk of having bowel cancer, as well as dying from the disease and other types, according to recent data. Those who drink four to five mugs of coffee a day were found to cut, by almost a half, the odds of bowel cancer ... continue reading


'Brainy' mice research may lead to effective treatment for Alzheimer's Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Genetically altered mice tend to be more intelligent and exhibit less anxiety, according to new research. The discovery is speculated to be a part of a more comprehensive study regarding treatment to diseases like Alzheimer's post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and ... continue reading


Study finds intelligence related to a longer lifespan Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A longer lifespan is related to intelligence contributed by the genetic makeup, according to new research. Analyzing three twin studies, a research team found that the link between intelligence and a person's life expectancy is about 95 percent because of genetics, ... continue reading


Human Head Transplant: Science fiction or a reality? Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Over the years, science fiction has sparked the idea of real life transplant surgeries. The once fantasy of a brain transplant may soon become a reality. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - When Sergio Canavero, an Italian neurosurgeon, first publicized his ... continue reading


Four-year-old boy with 'butterfly skin' disease lives every day in pain Watch

Image of [Photo by: PA Real Life/Heather Curtis]

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Somewhere in Charlestown, Indiana lives a young boy whose daily life is filled with agony and pain. Four-year-old Brody Curtis suffers from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), also known as "butterfly disease." The boy's body is full of deep open wounds and has to take several ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Thessalonians 3:7-13
7 And so, brothers, your faith has been a great ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 90:3-4, 12-13, 14, 17
3 You bring human beings to the dust, by saying, ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 24:42-51
42 'So stay awake, because you do not know the day ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 27th, 2015 Image

St. Monica
August 27: St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter