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Daily Drugs for Individual Likely to Contact HIV Infection Recommended by New Guidelines

People taking HIV pills on a daily basis have a much lesser chance to develop the infection states an important health panel. The new statement made on Tuesday strongly recommends that individuals with a high chance of getting infected by the virus should be given this daily HIV prevention pill by doctors. Around 40,000 cases of HIV are aimed at being prevented every year in the US.

To help follow the new guidelines, screening people for the HIV virus is considered an important step. People ranging from the year 15-65 are regularly asked to have themselves screened for the virus by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The long-standing advice by the force also suggests pregnant women do the same.

The Journal of the American Medical Association had published the piece that recommended the use of the drug. Drs. Diane Havlir and Susan Buchbinder from the University of California, San Francisco wrote in the piece, “How this recommendation will be implemented is of critical importance because the cost is a major barrier.” They said the average cost of the drug for a month would be around $2000.

Researches done on the drug state that people who use the daily-drug have a much-reduced chance of contacting the virus later through sexual intercourse with an HIV-positive partner or contacting it through drugs injected by syringes. Preexposure prophylaxis or (PrEP) is the next step of the prevention taken. Truvada, a combination pill is the only drug that has been approved for prevention. Gilead Sciences Inc., makers of the drug, have promised to donate PrEP doses for around 200,000 people in a year as announced by the federal government.

However, it was also clarified by the forces that the drug is only suggested to individuals who have a high chance of contracting the virus. Examples of such cases can be people who have sexual intercourse without wearing a condom, someone with an HIV-positive partner or a regular user of drugs who shares the needles.

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