Friday, 23 August, 2019

Preventative HIV drug to get Pharmac funding

PrEP is taken daily and builds up in the system preventing an HIV infection from establishing NEW ZEALAND AIDS FOUNDATION PrEP is taken daily and builds up in the system preventing an HIV infection from establishing
Anna Jefferson | 07 February, 2018, 09:13

Prior to this "game changing development", PrEP was only available at a cost of around $1,000 for 30 Truvada pills. the foundation said. Many PrEP users resorted to importing their medication from overseas for about US$36 per month.

New Zealand will be one of the first countries in the world to publicly fund PrEP for HIV prevention, which was one of the Labour Party's election promises.

The Government's drug-buying agency has extended funding for an HIV treatment to include those at high risk of infection in a bid to reduce transmission rates.

"Condoms are fully funded on prescription and are highly effective, but rates of HIV infection are still increasing in New Zealand".

"Condoms continue to be the primary and recommended method of preventing transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections", Fitt said.

In 2016 New Zealand recorded its highest number of new HIV cases ever in one year, with 244 people diagnosed.

The drug is already funded as part of a treatment for those infected with HIV but will now also be free for those not infected but at high risk of contracting the virus.

The NZAF said it was a very important step in addressing one of the health inequalities faced by trans men.

The New Zealand AIDS foundation said the introduction of the funding for the drug along with regular condom use would

Truvada, which is also used in HIV treatment, is now the only drug approved for use as PrEP by HIV-negative people.

"It's a giant leap forward for our ambitious goal of ending new HIV transmissions in New Zealand by 2025", Dr Myers said. Recent studies have proven that it also works as an effective preventative against HIV.

- PrEP needs to be taken for 7 days before providing adequate protection for receptive anal sex, and 20 days for insertive anal sex or vaginal sex.

"We are really excited to hear about Publix's decision to offer PrEP to its employees, said Holland".

It estimated up to 4000 people would benefit from the decision.

The NZAF has compiled a list of Global Positioning System in the country who know a lot about HIV and PrEP.

NZAF is New Zealand's leading HIV prevention and support community organisation. Publix has locations predominantly in the South, where HIV disproportionately affects the population, making this decision all the more impactful and necessary.

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