This is incredible news! It’s not a cure for AIDS, but it’s looking to be your best preventative measure to keep from getting infected with HIV. Of course that shouldn’t be an excuse to go out and stick your wang into every hole you can find, because you can still catch STDs…as half of these folks found out. Whoops.
Two and a half years into a large Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program in San Francisco, none of the more than 600 men who have sex with men (MSM) taking the HIV prevention medication have contracted the virus. At the same time, many of these individuals are using condoms less since starting PrEP, and during their first year on Truvada half of them had contracted at least one sexually transmitted infection (STI). Those at higher risk of the virus were more likely to opt to start PrEP after their initial consultation.