CDC promotes new pill for HIV prevention
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Right now, the Centers for Disease Control is promoting a pill they say could eventually end the spread of HIV.
Truvada has been used as a treatment for HIV for more than a decade, but recent studies show it could actually prevent HIV and drastically reduce the spread of the virus. In fact, researchers estimate Truvada could reduce the infection rate by 90%. Obviously, it's good news, but experts say like most drugs Truvada has its downsides.
"There are a lot of side effects with a lot of the medications. So they take a risk. Now don't get me wrong, taking the pills properly and constantly has better advantages in suppressing the virus in your body which gives you a longer life, but it's not guaranteed," said AJ Johnson of the Baton Rouge AIDS Society.
"So the pill is only going to make them feel like they are like 'Superman' or something like that, but someone could say, 'I could be with anybody and this is going to protect me.' No, it's not going to guarantee to protect you."
The medicine is recommended for "high-risk" people, and it isn't cheap either. Officials said most insurance companies will cover the cost for those who qualify, but for those who are uninsured, it can cost more than $1,000 a month.