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Do you think the recent FDA approval of Truvada to prevent HIV infection will have a positive or negative impact on the fight against HIV/AIDS?
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On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the once-a-day pill, Truvada, to prevent HIV infection. The drug is intended primarily for high-risk individuals such as men who have sex with men and the partners of people who are HIV-positive.
Margaret Hamburg, the FDA commissioner, explains that this approval "marks an important milestone in our fight against HIV"- a disease that newly infects about 50,000 people a year in the United States. In two large trial studies, Truvada was found to reduce the risk of HIV-infection by 42 percent in healthy gay and bisexual men and by 75 percent among heterosexual couples with one HIV-positive partner.
However, some people believe that Truvada could have negative impacts. Critics have expressed concern that the drug could create a false sense of security, which may lead to lower condom use and risky sexual behavior. Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, argues that the approval is a "catastrophe" because patients may fail to take the drug every day- thus losing protection.
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