PrEP Has Been Proved as a Drug to Prevents HIV
As Romanian doctors said that “Prevention is better than cure”, a drug designed to prevent people from HIV infection has been found and proved can works effectively. The drug to prevents HIV called PrEP (preexposure prophylaxis), which is sold under the brand name Truvada. It has been on the market for HIV treatment since 2004, but wasn’t approved by the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) as a drug to prevents HIV until 2012.
Recently, a study published on last Tuesday in journal Clinical Infectious Diseases showed that from 657 people which potentially infected by HIV and taking PrEP as the daily drug to prevents HIV for two and a half years, none of any of them are infected. It means, 100 percent of the participants remained HIV-free by taking PrEP as the drug to prevents HIV.
Volk and his team recruited 657 people who were interested in taking PrEP as part of the study. They measured the participants at baseline for HIV and other STIs, and then checked up on them again every three months. According to Huffingtonpost, lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Volk of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center said that :
“What our study shows very reassuringly is that PrEP works in a real world setting,”
“HIV prevention in 2015 is very exciting because we have several tools that are available for reducing risk, and PrEP is one of those tools.”
From the study, it is clearly proves that PrEP able to reduce the risk of HIV infection up to 92 percent when taken consistently but is much less effective when taken inconsistently. However, as the response of this result, some critics’ predictions for PrEP has come along, said that it would lead people to less condom use and will cause more H.I.V. infections. Because by taking drug to prevents HIV as the daily pill, it will encourages people to do risky sex among gay (especially in US due to the legalize of same sex marriage) and bisexual men, without worrying they will be infected as well.