CDC Recommends HIV Prevention Pill For Women And Heterosexual Men

The Center for Disease Control is encouraging doctors to give Truvada — an HIV prevention pill that has been on the market since 2004, officially approved by the FDA last month — to at-risk female and heterosexual patients, in addition to homosexual men. As a CDC official points out, more than a quarter of new HIV cases each year are heterosexuals and “that’s not a portion of the epidemic we want to ignore.” Reports have suggested that anti-gay stigma and the false assumption that the HIV epidemic is spread solely through homosexual contact may help maintain the HIV epidemic, so it’s important for health officials to contribute to dispelling prejudice and misinformation. Last month, the CDC launched a “Let’s Stop HIV Together” campaign dedicated to eliminating HIV stigma.