Friday, November 26, 2010

Dr Fauci's HIV prevention strategy is just outright ridiculous

Researchers found that the daily antiretroviral pill Truvada helped protect healthy gay men from contracting HIV. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, talks about this groundbreaking development in the fight against AIDS.
AIDS researchers and activists celebrated this week after news that a daily pill can do a lot to prevent HIV-AIDS. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that healthy gay men who took an antiretroviral pill called Truvada were up to 73 percent less likely to become infected than those who took a placebo.

First: Who can afford this drug? I take Truvada/Isenstress, but I have HIV and have insursance. At retail the drug costs about 2000.00 per month.  Dr Fauci was on CNN recently saying it costs only about 1,000.00 retail.  Even still, at either cost, will insurance approve this as a preventative medicine? If not - who can afford 14,000-28,000 a year - not the most at risk MSM.

This is an out right slap in the face to the grass roots organizations, local, state, and other federally funded efforts out there who work hard, and tirelessly everyday to prevent this disease.

This is not an effective preventative measure in the fight against HIV. I believe it will lead to more promiscuity amongst the MSM population, knowing they have this added protection.  And if given out through local clinics for free or through other health care providers - who's paying for it? We are, the tax payers.  Let's stick to traditional methods, such as education, awareness, condoms, and abstinence. 

Let's make our focus and use our $$$$ towards work on finding a vaccine and a cure! Follow the work of Dr David Margolis.

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