Monday, October 10, 2016

Pre-sex meds than can reduce HIV risk

According to a Johns Hopkins study published in the Am J of Preventive Medicine, only four out of 10 bisexual men without HIV in Baltimore knew there was a once-a-day pill that can reduce the incidence of HIV, including in those who have unprotected sex with men.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even recommends this for such people at risk.

In 2011, the incidence of HIV in such men was 18%--it is now 31%. Yet only 5% of at-risk men take this drug.

The researchers say doctors need to take time to tell their patients about this drug, even though time in medical encounters is often limited.

When people are diagnosed with HIV, they usually get a three-drug regimen. The pre-exposure drug is two of those in one pill.

The side effects are mild.

Once people learn of the drug, 60% agree to take it. The researchers liken it to a birth control pill--to prevent an unwanted event.

I't a safe, effective tool, the researchers say, but it's no good if no one is using it.

Perhaps--they add--doctors are thinking back to the early days when AZT caused horrible side effects--that is not the case here.

This PrEP medication, as it's called, reduces the risk of getting HIV by 92% with minimal side effects.

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