Oct 18, 2014 12:04 PM by News Staff
NEW YORK (AP) - The largest U.S. gay-rights organization has endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and is calling on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.
Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada (tru-VAH'-da), on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups
The Human Rights Campaign, which recently has been focusing its gay-rights advocacy on same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination issues, joined those ranks Saturday with release of a policy paper strongly supporting the preventive use of Truvada.
The CDC says studies show that Truvada, when taken diligently, can reduce the risk of getting HIV by 90 percent
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