Canada is the Third Country to Approve PrEP

Canada is the Third Country to Approve PrEP

Canada is the Third Country to Approve PrEP

They noted that the patient in the case contracted a virus that had resistance to several drugs used to treat HIV, including both drugs in Truvada, the brand name of the drug that is used as PrEP. Studies on the virus the man contracted showed resistance to drugs in nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, and integrase inhibitors classes of drugs. That is until I came across this article, The Day I Learned I Could PrEP Against HIV.

For other HIV-negative gay men, this will still seem like a very remote risk, and they will continue to rely on PrEP as their sole HIV prevention method - and that is also 100 percent OK.

Additionally, Gilead is working closely with the ADAP Crisis Task Force, as the company has done for each of its other HIV medications, to provide discounts to state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) that will help ensure access to Odefsey for patients who receive medications through these programs.

Conversely, Gandhi suggested at a CROI news conference that maybe less frequent monitoring could be considered for people under age 40 who have good kidney function when they start PrEP. If infected with HIV while on Truvada you must stop taking it because it will make you resistant to HIV medicine.

"The drug is intended for use by high risk individuals - such as those whose sexual partner is HIV positive - in combination with safer sex practises, including condom use", a Health Canada spokesperson told BuzzFeed Canada.

This is Gilead's second FDA approval for a drug regimen based on tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) and is the smallest pill for a single-tablet treatment for HIV, according to the company. People who had recently been diagnosed with a STD within the past six months and/or heterosexual men or women who did not use condoms regularly and or were having sex with partners known to be at risk for HIV. The most common adverse effects are nausea, headache, insomnia, and depressive disorders. Oral sex also has less risk of HIV transmission, and vaginal sex compared to anal sex has less risk of transmission due to the higher risks of tearing in the anal area.

Fulton's health department is not the first agency or organization in metro Atlanta to offer Truvada. As of 2012, approximately 26,000 people were living with HIV in metro Atlanta. Some LGBTQ people avoid going to the doctor or seeking health care because traditional providers might marginalize their own patients.

Right now, patients pay out of pocket or through private insurance for Truvada therapy, according to Dr. Jason Brunetta, who runs a prevention lab out of Maple Leaf Medical Clinic.

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