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Gay District 8/15: The New Pill

On July 17, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Truvada as the first medication to be prescribed to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Since then, the CDC has recommended it for high-risk groups and the WHO has recommended it for all gay men who are HIV -. Studies have the shown that taken once daily, the pill is upwards of 90 percent effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection.

But it is not without controversy–people have said that it would lead to more promiscuity in the gay community, there are some worries about side effects (though every drug has side effects), and the cost is high (though most insurance companies cover it.)

We will discuss these issues and others on August 15 at 8:30 pm at the DC Center, 1400 U St NW (in the Reeves Center,) in an open forum, and what is said in the room stays in the room. If you have any problems entering the building, please call my cell phone at (617) 877-5484.

Here is some relevant information:
CDC Guidelines
Sex Without Fear, “New York”
A Resisted Pill to Prevent HIV, “New York Times”