5 Stories

Insurer Announces Major HIV Breakthrough

Daily pill prevented HIV infection for all patients in new study

(Newser) - Big news in the fight against HIV: Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco's biggest private insurer, says that over a 32-month period, not a single one of its clients taking Truvada contracted HIV. Truvada is the name of the daily pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, pill that the CDC recommended for use... More »

Gay SF Official Makes Unusual HIV Announcement

Scott Wiener may be first public figure to disclose Truvada use

(Newser) - A San Francisco official looks to be the first public figure in the country to "come out of the PrEP closet," as he puts it in a piece for the Huffington Post . Scott Wiener—who represents a district he calls "ground zero for the HIV epidemic"—... More »

Major CDC Shift: Use Pill to Block AIDS

Advice for at-risk groups is big policy shift

(Newser) - With HIV infection rates stubbornly high for a decade and condom use actually decreasing, federal health officials now recommend groups most at risk of AIDS start taking a daily pill. The Truvada pill has been shown to vastly reduce infection rates and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's... More »

1st HIV-Prevention Pill Gets OK—But It's Complicated

Truvada promising, but some worry it won't be taken correctly

(Newser) - A big milestone came in the fight against AIDS yesterday, when the FDA approved the first drug meant for HIV prevention—but there are quite a few issues to consider. Truvada, which has been on the market for years as a means of treating those who already have the virus,... More »

Worries Dog HIV-Blocking Little Blue Pill

Truvada could create drug-resistant HIV strain

(Newser) - A drug designed to block HIV infection comes with a little hitch: Used incorrectly, it could invite infection or create a resistant strain that renders the drug useless. The very FDA panel that recommended approval for the drug, Truvada, tangled with these dilemmas, the New York Times reports: What if... More »

5 Stories