Preventative HIV drug to get Pharmac funding

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"Together with safe sex practise, early diagnosis and access to treatment, we expect that PrEP will significantly reduce HIV transmission rates in New Zealand", says Ms Fitt. When taken on a daily basis by an HIV negative person, PrEP builds up in the system and is extremely effective at reducing the chance of acquiring HIV through sexual contact.

The Lakeland-based grocer revealed its change in a Twitter reply to state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, who had met with company officials Monday to discuss their refusal to cover Truvada for PrEP.

PrEP, also know as Truvada, helps protects against the HIV virus.

The New Zealand AIDS foundation said the introduction of the funding for the drug, along with regular condom use, would decrease HIV new infection rates drastically.

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The agency estimates about 4000 people at high risk of contracting HIV will be eligible for the treatment, which has the potential to nearly completely eliminate the risk of infection.

"Truvada was registered for PrEP in August 2017, and we have worked closely with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation to support them in preparing a funding application for PrEP, which was reviewed by our clinical advisers and given a high priority for funding in November 2017".

"Condoms have been the mainstay of our HIV prevention response for over 30 years and have played a major role in keeping HIV prevalence low by world standards", Myers said. This is a very important step in addressing one of the health inequalities faced by trans men.

As preventative measures and education have improved, the CDC says the number of USA residents contracting HIV dropped to 37,600 in 2014, the latest year available - an 18 percent decline since 2008. Recent studies have proven that it also works as an effective preventative against HIV. See the link below for a schedule, with three speakers including Dr Peter Saxton, University of Auckland Director of Gay Men's Sexual Health.

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The pharmaceutical management agency estimates up to 4000 people will be eligible.

In 2016, 244 people were diagnosed with HIV - the highest rate of new diagnoses there has ever been in New Zealand.

About 3500 people in New Zealand are now estimated to be living with HIV. Gay and bisexual men remain the population group most at risk. This is the highest number on record.

New Zealand has become the latest in a small group of countries that publicly funds PrEP and drastically lowers the price of the drug.

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Publix officials did not respond to written questions about the company's rationale for omitting coverage of PrEP for its employees, but Holland and public health advocates believe it was unlikely due to costs.

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