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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Truvada 'HIV prevention pill' May be Coming to the U.S.

A pharmaceutical company has applied to the federal Food and Drug Administration to market its HIV treatment medication Truvada as a HIV prevention pill.

Gilead wants to be able to market Truvada, which is currently used as a HIV treatment, as a preventative pill to uninfected individuals, reports California Watch.

If approved, it would be the first of its kind.

But the move has sparked debate among public health advocates who argue that the wide availability of the drug would discourage safe sex and would, in fact, increase the incidence of HIV.

'I believe that this could be catastrophic in terms of HIV prevention,' said Michael Weinstein, president the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, based in Los Angeles.

There are nearly 42,000 Californians [PDF] living with HIV as of June 2011. Read More