US delays decision on first drug to prevent HIV

Drug maker Gilead Sciences Inc says federal health regulators have delayed a decision on whether to approve its drug Truvada as the first pill that prevents HIV infection.

Gilead Sciences said Friday the Food and Drug Administration will take an additional three months to review its drug application, after the California company submitted additional materials to the agency earlier this month.

In May, a panel of experts recommended approval of the daily pill Truvada for healthy people who are at high risk of contracting HIV. The group’s vote is nonbinding, but the FDA often follows its advice.

Gilead says it submitted updated details on its safety materials for patients and doctors using Truvada. The FDA typically extends its reviews after receiving such information.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus is transmitted when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in contact with broken skin or mucous membranes (i.e., mouth, nose, vagina, rectum, penis opening). People with HIV have what is known as HIV infection. Some of the people with HIV infection will develop AIDS. This article will help you prevent the spread of HIV infection.


Know if you are at risk. The following factors increase your risks of becoming infected with HIV:

Unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Sharing needles or syringes.
If you currently suffer from a sexually transmitted disease (STD), tuberculosis, or hepatitis.
If you had a blood transfusion during 1978–1985.

Be tested for HIV.

Do not abuse alcohol or drugs. Being drunk or stoned may lead to reckless sexual behavior.

Remember the ABCs to protect yourself:

A = Abstinence
B = Be Faithful
C = Condoms


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