Anti-HIV pill won’t work alone

2015-12-16 06:00

USERS of the newly-approved HIV preventative drug, Truvada must be educated about its use, an HIV/Aids educational organisation said on Sunday.

“The public needs to get as much information as possible prior to using the drug. I must also stress that those taking the drug need to be HIV negative, therefore testing and knowing your status remains crucial,” said Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, director of the Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids Programme (HEAIDS­) in a statement.

HEAIDS works with students who fall in a high-risk group with regard to contracting HIV, STIs and TB.

“The provision of Truvada must be used as an additional measure to fighting the infection of the disease.”

Ahluwalia’s comments follow the announcement by the Health Department last week that the drug has been approved. The SA Medicines Control Council announced it had approved the use of the drug, which is administered in the form of a pill, works up to 100% of the time in preventing the transmission of HIV, if taken daily.

Department of Health deputy director-general of HIV, TB and Women and Child Health, Dr Yogan Pillay, said the drug will be targeted at sex workers, men who have sex with men as well as young girls and women aged between 15 and 24.

Ahluwalia said while Truvada was a step in the right direction, using it in isolation as a preventative measure to contracting HIV/Aids was not to be advised.
- News24.

THE PROVISION OF TRUVADA MUST BE USED AS AN ADDITIONAL MEASURE TO FIGHTING THE INFECTION OF THE DISEASE

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