Tag Archives: PrEP

Op-Ed Of The Day

Writing for the New York Times, Donald McNeil speculates that the use of Truvada as an HIV preventive might trigger a new “sexual revolution.” The piece begins: Pretend it’s 1960, and the Food and Drug Administration has just done something startling. It has taken a drug it had previously approved for infertility — brand name Enovid — and approved it …

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Linda Harvey: Truvada For HIV Prevention Will Lead To Racial Cleansing

“Again, our country’s most well educated professionals will subvert common sense, the results of research, and any inclination to do what’s objectively right, to political correctness. Abstinence is off the table. And the joke is on us, the adults, because we are sacrificing our precious children as a result. Especially at risk from a protocol like PReP are young minority …

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CDC Launches New HIV Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control has launched a new series of 30-second PSAs on HIV prevention, some of which mention “new options like medicines that prevent HIV” – a reference to Truvada. The Human Rights Campaign applauds: “We commend the CDC for launching this campaign and look forward to working with them and others to raise awareness about HIV prevention …

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CDC Expands PrEP Recommendation

The Centers for Disease Control today expanded its recommendation for the use of Truvada as a daily HIV preventive. The CDC now says that any person at risk for HIV, not just gay men, should consider taking the medication. Via the Bay Area Reporter: Known as PrEP, for pre-exposure prophylaxis, the once-a-day pill regimen has been shown to be effective …

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Medi-Cal Relaxes Truvada Rules

Via Wehoville: California’s Medi-Cal program has made it easier for low-income people to get access to Truvada, a drug believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV, by eliminating requirements that those people be provided with condoms and be tested monthly for HIV and that their doctors seek Medi-Cal’s permission before writing a prescription. The decision was applauded by AIDS …

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Petition Of The Day

Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2014 Eric Leue has launched a petition calling for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to remove CEO Michael Weinstein for characterizing Truvada as a “party drug” rather than as a daily HIV preventive. This petition is not about how Weinstein or we personally feel about HIV PrEP. This petition is about whether we, the people, should be …

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More On #TruvadaWhore

The Associated Press has published a lengthy examination of the use of Truvada as a daily HIV preventive, which is opposed by some activists and the often combative AIDS Healthcare Foundation. It’s the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists …

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#TruvadaWhore

A San Francisco man has launched a Kickstarter-style campaign to sell the above t-shirt in protest of those who condemn HIV-negative men for taking Truvada as a daily preventive against infection. “Be proud, you #TruvadaWhore. I support the #reappropriation of derogatory terms. I am against slut-shaming. I am pro health and wellness. I think PrEP is a great HIV prevention …

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Quarterly Injections May Be Future For Treatment And Prevention Of HIV/AIDS

Via the New York Times: Researchers are reporting that injections of long-lasting AIDS drugs protected monkeys for weeks against infection, a finding that could lead to a major breakthrough in preventing the disease in humans. Two studies by different laboratory groups each found 100 percent protection in monkeys that got monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs, and there was evidence that …

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NEW YORK: State Endorses Truvada For Daily Use As HIV Preventive

The New York state Department of Health has officially endorsed daily use of the Gilead medication Truvada for the prevention of HIV infection. After months of anticipation, the Health Department’s AIDS Institute released thorough clinical guidelines for pre-exposure prophylaxis, commonly known as PrEP, which is a daily dose of HIV medication that people who are HIV-negative but at-risk of contracting …

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NEW YORK CITY: Harlem Group Begins Study On HIV Prevention Using Truvada

Over the objections of some activists, in July 2012 the FDA approved the use of Truvada as a daily HIV preventive for some high-risk populations. Harlem Prevention Center has launched a study which will evaluate if taking the drug less frequently will also be effective. Via press release: HPTN 067, also known as The ADAPT Study, is a unique study …

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Manhunt Promotes Truvada

The hook-up site Manhunt today announced that they will begin promoting the usage of Truvada, which was recently approved by the FDA as a daily HIV preventive for high-risk populations. Via press release: Manhunt has partnered with Gladstone Institutes’ Dr. Robert Grant and The Fenway Institute to assure that the information conveyed is accurate and consistent with peer-reviewed published science. …

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FDA Approves Truvada As HIV Preventive

The FDA today approved Gilead Sciences’ Truvada medication as a daily HIV preventive for “some high-risk populations.” The medication had been under FDA review for such use for several months and today’s decision was strongly opposed by some HIV activism groups although a coalition of other groups endorsed the plan. Gilead has published a press release: Data supporting the approval …

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FDA Poised To Approve Existing Med For Daily HIV Prevention

The FDA has signaled that it is about to approve the usage of Truvada as a daily preventive for HIV infection among high-risk populations. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that Gilead Sciences’ Truvada appears to be safe and effective for HIV prevention. It concluded that taking the pill daily could spare patients “infection with a serious and life-threatening …

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CALIFORNIA: State Funds Study Of Daily Pill To Prevent HIV Infection

California has funded a controversial study to test whether giving high-risk patients a daily HIV medication will prevent their infection. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been denounced by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has launched statewide media campaigns against the concept. The pill, which is already used to treat HIV patients, will be prescribed to 700 gay and bisexual men and …

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A Monthly HIV Preventive?

More news from the conference in Seattle. The first trial in humans of an injectable, once-a-month formulation of an HIV drug has found that drug levels were maintained at a level that should in theory be high enough to protect recipients against infection, and that the drug has so far produced very few side effects. The research was presented at …

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HIV Med Linked To Kidney Damage

The HIV medication tenofovir has been linked to kidney damage. Sold under the brand name Viread, tenofovir is one of the three drugs in the daily combo pill Atripla, one of the most-prescribed in the anti-HIV arsenal. Patients who take one of the most widely prescribed drugs to treat HIV infection increase their risk of kidney damage by up to …

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AIDS Group Launches Mailer Campaign Against Bid To Authorize PrEP Pill

The controversial AIDS Healthcare Foundation has launched a publicity campaign in opposition to classifying Truvada as a daily preventive (PrEP) for HIV infection. Last week a large coalition of AIDS groups issued a call for the FDA to make the change. Via AHF press release: “It appears that Gilead is trying to ram expanded use of Truvada as an HIV …

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AIDS Groups To FDA: Approve Existing HIV Drug As A Daily Preventive For Infection

A coalition of major national HIV/AIDS advocacy groups is asking that the FDA approve the Gilead drug Truvada as a daily preventive or “pre-exposure prophylaxis” (PreP) against infection. Among the groups joining the demand are amfAR and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Via press release: The PrEP sNDA for Truvada®meets criteria set out in FDA’s Manual of Policies and Procedures …

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Quote Of The Day – Regan Hofmann

“I find it disconcerting that so many HIV treatment activists today, many of whom are living with HIV themselves, are wildly supportive of a prevention modality that has no benefit to people living with HIV other than arguably allowing HIV-positive people to have unprotected sex with HIV-negative people with a reduced risk of transmitting HIV, a risk that would be …

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