Saturday, 12 May 2012

New Preventative HIV drug approved in USA

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18030057

I was interested to read this story on the BBC website. The idea of
preventing HIV with drugs is something some HIV researchers have been
looking at for years with the holy grail; of an effective HIV vaccine.
Some may see this as a step in the right direction but it is lacking
some key things to make it have the global impact we need. Firstly it
is not cheep this will not be an option for the thousands of people
living lives of risk across the world who do not have the income to
afford this drug. Secondly the regime needed to be effective is 100%
adherance (an impossible standard) and thirdly I think any method of
preventing HIV needs to be instigated world wide to all at risk people
at the same time. This drug will not produce herd immunity. It will not
protect the most vulnerable. I also think it will increase
misunderstanding about HIV. All in all im not a fan