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The success of preventive pills in the battle against AIDS

France Radio International documentHealth and Well

December 1, 2018

Currently, more than 10,000 people in France, almost exclusively homosexual, follow the preventive treatment against the virus AIDS, PrEP. This treatment is entitled and reimbursed 100% of social security since 2016.

World Day of the fight against AIDS on December 1
World Day of the fight against AIDS is held on December 1 – REUTERS / Yves Herman

According to the medication agency, ANSM 10.405 people have started preventive treatment against HIV between January 2016 and June 2018. In addition, it experiences a grown since 2016 with 500 new people per month.

PrEP's principle is simple enoughs seronegative takes the Truvada pills create a barrier to the virus. This medicine that cThere are two antiretrovirals, before it was administered only to HIV-positive people.

France is the second country after the United States in having authorized this preventive treatment against AIDS; and the first country, where social security fully supposes these costs. The PrEp is primarily aimed at people at risk: homosexuals or men who are involved in prostitution.

The detractors of this treatment what accuse favor some behavioral behaviors and to abandon the use of condoms.


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