It seems that humans can defeat incurable HIV/AIDS completely soon in coming future because the doctors have found a new drug against HIV/AIDS which can be use to prevent HIV/AIDS infections in healthy people. The name of this potent drug is Truvada, which has got approval from U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department and now it can be used in treatment of HIV infected people. The drug simply lowers down the amount of virus circulating in the patient’s blood and enables them to live longer. The drug is also works as a protective shield for the uninfected people which have high chances to get infected from the virus e.g sex workers and the people with partners who are HIV positive or engage in high-risk behaviors, such as using IV drugs.
However the drug Truvada made by Gilead Sciences Inc. is not meant to cure AIDS and it only slows down the progression of the disease. However some health experts believe that the approval will spread a false sense of security among users, leading people to believe mistakenly that they are immune to the virus and they’ll reduce their use of condoms.
As far as the effectiveness of Truvada is concerned, it can reduce the risk of becoming infected by up to 42% when taken regularly according to a research conducted on healthy gay and bisexual men. Another study concludes that heterosexual couples in which one partner was HIV-positive, the uninfected partner had a 75% lower risk of contracting HIV if they took Truvada. The cost of Truvada is nearly USD $480 for a year which seem quite costly and there are large chunks of infected pepole belonging to developing countries from Asia and Africa who can’t afford the drug.
Apart from this the researchers belonging to University of North Carolina Center for Infectious Diseases and the University of North Carolina Center for AIDS Research have also discovered an unknown ingredient in the women’s breast milk which is able to kill HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) particles and virus-infected cells that finally causes AIDS.
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