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Anvisa approves sale of medicine to prevent AIDS

Truvada is available as a treatment for HIV positive in combination with other antiretroviral drugs

 
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After the U.S. health care specialists to support approval of the drug Truvada for the prevention of HIV infection in healthy people at high risk of contracting the disease, the National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) has approved the marketing of the drug in the country. Truvada is available as a treatment for HIV-positive in combination with other antiretroviral drugs and was approved by the FDA in 2004.

A study in 2010 showed that the drug produced by Gilead Sciences, helped reduce the risk of HIV in gay men who adopt risky behaviors.

The results of the survey of 2,499 gay men, including 29 transsexuals, aged between 18 and 67 years, sexually active, but not infected with the virus that causes AIDS, showed that the drug increased protection against the HIV virus from 44% to almost 73%.

Some critics of health and HIV groups active in the community, however, opposed the approval of the drug.

The opposition to the prospect of the drug's approval is based on concerns that users might gain a false sense of security, and fear of developing a strain of HIV resistant to treatment.

In contrast, organizations that support the claim that the approval decision may represent a watershed for global efforts to prevent HIV, reducing the epidemic levels of disease.

Source: Isaude.net
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