A panel of federal health advisers just recently endorsed the first drug shown to prevent HIV infection possibly ending the 30-year-old battle against the virus that causes AIDS.
In a series of votes, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended approval of the daily pill Truvada for healthy people who are at high risk of contracting HIV, including gay and bisexual men and heterosexual couples with one HIV-positive partner.
Although the FDA is not required to follow the panel’s advice, it normally does. A final decision is expected by June 15.
An estimated 1.2 million Americans have HIV, which develops into AIDS unless treated with antiviral drugs. The number of new HIV infections in the U.S. has held steady for 15 years at about 50,000 per year.
With that being said, would you take this drug to prevent yourself from contracting HIV?