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A Big Donation Meant to Fight HIV, With 'Mixed' Reaction

Gilead Sciences will donate Truvada, but critics say they should cut price for everyone instead

(Newser) - On Thursday, President Trump tweeted the news: An announcement from Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar that Gilead Sciences, manufacturer of the only approved HIV-preventing drug, would donate enough Truvada to treat 200,000 patients each year through at least 2025, and possibly though 2030. Azar noted the...

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...

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"—...

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...

FDA OKs 4-in-1 HIV Pill
 FDA OKs 4-in-1 HIV Pill 

FDA OKs 4-in-1 HIV Pill

Stribild combines 2 drugs sold as Truvada with 2 new drugs

(Newser) - The FDA today gave the green light to a new anti-HIV pill that combines four medicines to combat the virus that causes AIDS. The agency approved Gilead Sciences' Stribild as a once-a-day treatment to control HIV in adults who have not previously been treated for infection. The pill contains two...

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,...

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...

FDA Panel Backs First Drug to Block HIV

Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, is for healthy people at risk

(Newser) - A panel of federal health advisers has endorsed the first drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people, clearing the way for a potentially landmark approval in the 30-year-old effort against the virus that causes AIDS. In a series of votes, the FDA advisory panel recommended approval of the...

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