Thursday, January 28, 2016

Regular use of HIV-prevention drug for negatives stirs medical controversy

The Washington Post, in an article by Ariana Eunjung Cha, reports on the wide use of a drug called PrEP, to prevent HIV infection by sexual activity among MSM  The story presents a particular graduate student in San Francisco, who looks a little older than he is in the pictures.  There is controversy over insurance coverage and pledges to use condoms.  There is also some medical controversy over whether NIV-negative people really should take some anti-retroviral drugs all the time. But, could HIV really be stopped with "one little pill" at last?
Generally, the side effects these days are much less than they were in the mid 1990s, when protease inhibitors were first widely used.

The same reporter has a story about HIV “sanctuaries” in the body remaining after the virus has become undetectable, particular some more obscure lymphatic cells.

Update: Sunday, Jan 31

The Washington Post followed up with an op-ed column by Richard Morgan about truvada, "The miracle AIDS drug people refuse to take".

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