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Truvada, a pill to fight HIV, stirs controversy among gays
Truvada, a pill to fight HIV, stirs controversy among gays

It would have seemed the stuff of fantasy in the dark days of the 1980s, when an AIDS diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence: a pill, taken daily, that could protect against HIV infection. But today, such a drug exists. The blue tablet, marketed as Truvada, has been available to people at risk of being exposed to HIV since 2012. The pill can be highly effective — reducing infection risk by as much as 92%, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It could have a dramatic effect in Los Angeles County, where about 47,000 people are known to live with HIV. Contracting the virus is no longer a death sentence because of a cocktail of drugs that suppress...

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