"Truvada" the new weapon formed against HIV shall prosper

By Pheto Ramakobya
08 December 2015

A step closer to a HIV/Aids free South Africa.

Medicines Control Council has shown Truvada the green light, the drug was already used in combination with another antiretroviral as treatment for HIV, but it wasn’t licensed legally for prevention.

The drug that prevents HIV works up to 100% of the time if taken daily was approved as prevention by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2012.

According to Times Live, Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Professor, Linda Gail Bekker has campaigned for the licensing of the drug and has told the publication that Truvada is cheaper and better to prevent HIV infection especially in high risk groups such as young women‚ sex workers and gay and bisexual men.

"Adding Truvada to the arsenal of tools available to battle HIV is a major step forward for South Africa. We are at a critical time and must be really serious about reducing new infections in all populations‚ especially those who are young and particularly vulnerable to infection."

The future looks bright in the battle of getting a cure for HIV\Aids

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