STD treatment & minors, more on PrEP, and other HIV news (the Hump Day Edition) #HIV #AIDS #PrEP
California Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) has signed a law allowing children as young as 12 to receive specific preventative treatments for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) without parental consent, The Associated Press reports. These include post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV, as well as vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV), a known cause of cervical cancer. California law already permits minors to get diagnosis and treatment for STIs without parental consent.
And in news surely designed to drive AHF out of their tree:
In the past year, three landmark clinical trials have shown that a daily dose of the antiretroviral medication Truvada can protect individuals from infection with H.I.V. — a significant discovery, given the failure so far of all efforts to develop a vaccine against the virus.
Now researchers in San Francisco and Miami are planning to test this prevention strategy, called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in a pilot study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The researchers will soon recruit up to 500 uninfected men who have sex with men, especially those considered to be at greatest risk of infection, such as younger gay men and, in particular, African-Americans.
The men will be asked to take Truvada daily, and the researchers will monitor their compliance with the regimen, their sexual behavior and their health status. Already, though, the prospect of antiretroviral drugs’ being used for prevention as well as treatment is raising complex questions for researchers and advocates
Thanks to earlier diagnosis and improvements in antiretroviral therapy, life expectancy for people treated for HIV infection has gone up by more than 15 years in the UK since the mid-90s, according a study reported in the BMJ yesterday…
According to documents leaked from U.S. trade talks from Vietnam, a deal U.S. negotiators are pressing for would negatively impact efforts to fight AIDS, The Huffington Post reports.
(thumb via the NYT linked article)