Pill found to help prevent HIV

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The pill, Truvada, were found to lower the chances of infection by 44 per cent, and by 73 per cent or more among men who took their pills religiously.

The study was done on 2,500 homosexual and bi-sexual men in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and US in a 3-year trial. The men were given either Truvada or dummy pills with condoms, counselling and other prevention services. All had monthly visits to get HIV testing, more pills and counselling.

When I first read the finding, I thought the lower incidence of HIV infection might have been because of the counselling and use of condoms. However, since dummy pills/placebos were given, I think it's fair to conclude that the pills do help.

Cost of pills:
- In the US: $5,000 to $14,000 a year
- About $140 a year in some poor countries where they are produced in generic form.

Trials on heterosexual men and women are in progress.

The spread of HIV is not always contracted by promiscuousness people and drugs are not only for them. It's sad when people contract the virus through blood transfusion, rape, mother-to-child, or sex with a spouse who has the HIV. Suppose a person contracts it through blood transfusion. Isn't it sad not to be able to have sex with his/her spouse anymore? Research in the prevention and cure of HIV benefits everyone, especially those who have no control over what happens to them.

Source: Dailymail

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regardless of what anyone or the medical authorities may deny, I firmly believe mosquitoes can also spread HIV!

If scientifically they indeed cannot spread HIV, then they must be THE answer to an effective and ultimate cure for HIV!

So which is which?

curious cat

Anonymous said...

Actually, you can still have sex with HIV positive partners.

You just have to practice safe sex (very carefully) and consider the possibility of being HIV/pregnant.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/sexual-health-specialist/sex-with-hiv-positive-partner.aspx

Ms Demeanour said...

Hi Yu-Kym,
In the run up to World AIDS Day (1st Dec), it's really great to see you covering this. It's a sad fact that HIV does not discriminate in terms of sex, race, sexual preference, relationship status etc. The biggest challenge in Singapore is the stigmatization that exists towards those living with or affected by HIV. Hope everyone can put their best foot forward and begin to overcome the misunderstandings and misconceptions of HIV/AIDS as education is the best prevention.

David said...

Yu-Kym,

Sadly there is no 100% safe method for someone postive for HIV to have safe sex.

Condoms are not 100% protection, and spermacides do not kill the virus.

The article Anon references states; "The only foolproof method of protecting yourself from any STD is abstinence.

Again those with STDs, and/or HIV cannot have safe sex with anyone!

CEC, you misunderstand the mosquitos role:

From:

When a mosquito bites someone, it does not inject its own blood or the blood of an animal or person it has bitten into the next person it bites. The mosquito does inject saliva, which acts as a lubricant so that it can feed more effectively. Yellow fever and malaria can be transmitted through the saliva, but HIV does not reproduce in insects, so the virus doesn't survive in the mosquito long enough to be transmitted in the saliva.

Additionally, mosquitoes don't normally travel from one person to another after ingesting blood. The insects need time to digest the blood meal before moving on.


So mosquitos are a nuisance, and HIV remains deadly to those who are foolish.


David

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.

-- Samuel Johnson

Yu-Kym said...

curious cat, you may be right! Perhaps the drug companies are using extract from mosquitoes but not telling anyone.

Anon, condoms are not 100% safe (also mentioned by David).

Ms Demeanour, in Singapore the most common means of transmission of HIV is through sex unlike in certain countries where people get it through rape and forced prostitution. That's why it's normal for people to assume that a HIV-positive man was promiscuous or had sex with prostitutes, and a HIV-positive woman must have gotten it from her boyfriend or husband.

David said...

Yu-Kym,

HIV is not passed by a mosquitos saliva.

HIV is carried by blood, which is what a mosquito ingest when a mosquito bites a food source.

The blood is digested in the insects gut, and HIV does not survive the digestive process.

David