FDA Considers HIV Prevention Med

    FILE - This May 26, 2006 file photo, shows a close up of Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Truvada pill in a lab in a Foster City, Calif. Scientists have an exciting breakthrough in the fight against AIDS. Daily doses of Truvada, a pill already used to treat infection with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, helped prevent healthy gay men from catching it through sex with an infected partner. In a study of gay and bisexual men in six countries, the pill, cut the risk of infection by 44 percent when given with condoms, counseling and other prevention services. Men who took their pills most faithfully, at least 90 percent of the time, had even more protection _ 73 percent. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

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    It’s not a new drug, but Truvada may help stop the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and an FDA panel is urging that it be approved for use as a preventative medication. Truvada is currently used as part of a cocktail of drugs to treat HIV, but studies have shown that it can also reduce infection rates. Doctors are hailing the research as a “huge milestone,” saying it could lead to the end of the AIDS epidemic, which has claimed more than 30 million lives worldwide. The FDA is expected to make a decision by June 15.

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