Tablets are said to reduce HIV infection risk?



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Tablets reduce the risk of HIV infection

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Program for HIV / Aids (UNAIDS) report that the risk of AIDS can be significantly reduced with a new tablet. The daily intake of the combination preparation could reduce the risk of HIV transmission in couples with an infected partner by up to 73 percent.

The preventive administration of antiretroviral drugs to healthy partners can protect them relatively well against HIV infection, UNAIDS and the WHO said on Wednesday. The tablets reduce the risk of infection by more than 70 percent. This provides couples with an HIV-infected partner with another option for AIDS prevention. However, the preventive administration of medication to healthy people for the prevention of AIDS is not without controversy, especially since around 70 percent of the protection against such a serious illness does not meet the safety needs of the people at risk. It is reasonable to suspect that the interests of pharmaceutical companies in the sale of their products play a significant role here.

Reduction of the risk of AIDS infection with antiretroviral tablets According to WHO and UNAIDS, the preventive administration of the antiretroviral drugs with the active substances tenofovir and emtricitabine can significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the immune disease in couples with an HIV-infected partner. With regard to studies with heterosexual couples, the health institutions mentioned a reduction in the risk of infection by up to 73 percent if the healthy partner took a combination pill every day. However, the WHO and UNAIDS also pointed out that the tablets were no reason to weigh those affected safely because "no single method provides complete protection against HIV." The tablets would have to be combined with other preventive measures such as the use of condoms .

Questionable benefit of taking tablets for HIV prevention However, this raises the question of why healthy people should take daily medication, which can sometimes cause considerable side effects, but offer no better protection than the condoms which are harmless to health. This would certainly reduce the risk of infection when using condoms at the same time, but at what price. Since the same preparations for HIV prevention are also recommended as are already used in the treatment of HIV patients, critics suspect that the pharmaceutical manufacturers are merely trying to point out another possible application for the antiretroviral drugs in terms of their sales. (fp)

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