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CDC promotes pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3384 (Published 19 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3384
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for the broad use of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention—better known by the shorthand PrEP—which builds on interim guidance issued in 2012.

Truvada is a single pill containing two commonly used HIV drugs, tenofovir and emtricitabine, and it is the only product that currently carries a label indication for PrEP, although studies of other drugs for PrEP are under way. When taken daily it provides greater than 90% protection against HIV infection.

The new guidance recommended PrEP as an option for four groups of people:

  • Anyone in …

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