Drug Trial in Cuba to Prevent HIV Infections

The city of Cardenas has become Cuba’s trial-ground for a pilot experiment to prevent the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS, which if results are positive, could be implemented nationwide very soon.

Since March 6th, health authorities have been handing out Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP) pills, for free, to 28 people in the city located in Matanzas province, approximately 150 kms to the east of Havana.

The drug is given to seronegative people who are at a high risk of becoming infected with the disease, due to their sexual behavior.

PreP is a drug which is made up of antiretroviral drugs, which are used to treat seropositive individuals, and reduces the chances of people getting the disease by 90%, as long as it is taken every day, always.


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