HIV drug

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

THE Govern­ment is promis­ing to roll out a pro­gramme to make a drug which can re­duce a man’s risk of HIV more af­ford­able.

Pre-ex­po­sure pro­phy­laxis, or PrEP, is for men at risk of HIV. It is a com­bi­na­tion of two anti-HIV drugs — emtric­itabine and teno­fovir.

Stud­ies have shown that it is around 86pc ef­fec­tive at pro­tect­ing men who have un­pro­tected sex with men from HIV in­fec­tion.

It can be used in two ways: daily, or on a sex­ual event ba­sis — us­ing it dur­ing pe­ri­ods of un­pro­tected sex (for two days be­fore, each day that un­pro­tected sex takes place, and two days af­ter­wards). A generic ver­sion is avail­able now.

HIV is con­tin­u­ing to rise in Ire­land. Some 508 new cases were no­ti­fied in 2016 — a 5pc an­nual in­crease.

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