From the beginning, tackling the HIV epidemic wasn’t an easy thing to do. Not only was the diseas unknown and there was no precedent in medicaiton for the virus, but also a heavy cloak of social prejudice was tightly associated with this infection. In a time when homophobia was much stronger than it is today, at least in countries like ours, the fact that the vast majority of HIV infections were diagnosed among gay men quickly made everyone believe it was a "gay disease", and thus, as shameful and vicious as homosexuality itself. However, this association weakened in time. Not only did women and straight men get diagnosed as well, even if the number was significantly lower, but scientists determined that the reason HIV was so prevalent among men who have sex with men wasn’t because it was a sexual orientation specific disease, but because the sexual practices more frequent among men with men - such as anal sex and the quick exchange of sexual partners - were risk factors for HIV contagion.
Nowadays, science has gone a long way, and even if the disease is still a thing and there is no approved cure,
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Recent studies show that four clinics in London reported a drop of 40% in HIV diagnosis in 2016. This
Doctors explain that this improvement in the HIV scenario isn’t likely to be due to only one factor. They emphasized the impact of preventive campaigns and testing offered by the NHS and other
Also, health services have been offering HIV testing, and even online clinics and other Internet services allowed people to get tested by post with a state of the art
However, there is one factor in particular that has been strongly suggested as the main cause of the drop in HIV diagnosis in London, and it’s the massive introduction in the market of a preventive drug that not only helps treat people with
Researches and doctors mostly agree that Truvada may be the answer to the interrogation about why HIV diagnosis has dropped so drastically. Truvada is a preventive drug that is
Truvada wasn’t available in the NHS until November last year, when the NHS lost a lawsuit and agreed to provide this medication for free. For now, Truvada will only be provided to 10,000 individuals as a trial to learn about the true effects of this drug.
If the NHS agrees to provide this medication to the population, we might expect to see an even bigger drop in infections. By now, the safest and most cost-effective way to get Truvada is to buy it online.
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