White House Announces Obama Will Skip International AIDS Conference Same Day FDA Approves Historic HIV Prevention Drug
Lots of big news from the White House yesterday about HIV/AIDS.
In the morning, the White House blasted out a press release with some historic news from the Food and Drug Administration: the FDA had approved Truvada, "the first drug -- to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection and who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners."
Having recently written about How To Survive a Plague, one of the documentaries about the heyday of ACT-UP, we find it pretty amazing to see how far HIV management medication has come since those days. But after great progress, the rate of new HIV infections in the United States has been stubbornly lodged around 50,000 for the past few years. A preventative drug for people to take before they become infected with HIV has been sought for a long time and could finally provide a measure of movement in reducing new infections.More »