Many HIV/AIDS Advocates Support the FDA to Approve PrEP for HIV Prevention

Published: May 11, 2012

In public comments submitted this week, a group of 14 leading HIV/AIDS and health organizations stated their support for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of emtricitabine/ tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF/FTC or Truvada®) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection in adult men and women. Their comments, submitted in advance of a May 10 FDA Advisory Committee meeting, pointed to compelling evidence on the efficacy of TDF/FTC as PrEP and highlighted the unique potential of this intervention to help slow the HIV epidemic in the U.S.

With PrEP, HIV-negative individuals who are at risk for HIV take anti-HIV medications in order to reduce their chances of becoming infected if exposed to the virus. At the May 10 hearing, the FDA will consider data from clinical trials showing that TDF/FTC reduced the risk of sexual transmission of HIV in populations including men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexual women and men.

"The U.S. and international AIDS community overwhelmingly supports FDA’s priority review of this potentially game-changing new tool to prevent HIV," said Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC. "The evidence is increasingly clear that daily PrEP can help reduce HIV risk in women and men who take it consistently as prescribed. While no single tool will be enough to stop the spread of HIV, PrEP could be a vital part of a comprehensive, global strategy to end the AIDS epidemic."

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