Thursday, October 30, 2014

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PrEP: HIV Wonder Drug - The medication that promises to stem the tide of HIV and AIDS

It's been over 30 years since the beginning of an HIV epidemic which has killed millions worldwide. But thanks to new prevention treatment called PrEP, could the epidemic finally be contained?

PrEP was approved by the United States government two years ago and is used widely, but the pill is not yet registered in Europe. Originally released as a treatment for HIV sufferers, the drug was then found to be effective in actually preventing the infection. "Once you take this pill daily, you have protection up to 99% effective against HIV", HIV Counselor Kenneth explains. The drug is already changing lives. Poppy is married to an HIV positive man and by taking PrEP she was able to become pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby without becoming infected herself. But the treatment is not without critics, like President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Michael Weinstein. He explains: "People will think they're protected when they're not.". As a pilot project is scheduled to start soon in The Netherlands, the controversy shows no signs of dying away yet.
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