HIV pill for men can prevent 10,000 new cases in UK by 2020

HIV pill for men can prevent 10,000 new cases in UK by 2020

According to a new research, a daily intake of HIV pills in the UK can prevent upto 10,000 new cases of HIV in the United Kingdom by the year 2020.

The new study said suggested adoption of preventive measures to stop new cases. The study also said that the pre-exposure prophylaxis or preventive measures should be offered under the NHS in the UK. Health Chiefs in the UK are planning to offer £5,000-a-year pill to at-risk men. The stusy also said that the scheme will be available in clinics around the country this year.

Researchers said that two-drug pill called, Truvada can be taken as part of the pre-exposure prophylaxis. They pointed out that this practice is already adopted in some countries including the United States and France. There are concerns that this might encourage more unprotected sex but researchers said that it will provide an effective way to prevent the disease. The study said that if all gay men in the country are offered the pills, the level of infection could fall by 59 percent and prevent 10,000 cases of HIV by 2020. The study also said that if the pills are limited to a quarter of gay men who have multiple sex partners, there could be 7,400 fewer cases.

NaratPunyacharoensin, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the study's lead author, said, "Current prevention efforts in the UK that focus on correct and consistent condom use and regular HIV testing have been falling short.Our results show that pre-exposure prophylaxis offers a major opportunity to curb new infections and could help reverse the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men in the UK."

The study was published in The Lancet HIV.


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