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Latino Daily News

Sunday May 13, 2012

Latino Commission on AIDS Commends FDA Recommendations to Prevent HIV Infections

Latino Commission on AIDS Commends FDA Recommendations to Prevent HIV Infections

Photo: Truvada is recommended as a prevention tool against HIV

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An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that Truvada, an antiretroviral medication used to treat HIV, should be used as a new prevention tool for people that are at high risk of being exposed to HIV. This strategy, known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, would be integrated into existing HIV prevention tools in order to enhance our prevention efforts across the country and territories.

The Latino Commission on AIDS commends this new opportunity to prevent HIV infection in the most at risk communities. For African American and Latino men who have sex with men and women of color, who continue to experience disproportionate rates of HIV infection, this new strategy could represent a turning point in our efforts to prevent HIV.

ABOUT THE LATINO COMMISSION ON AIDS

The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990 dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino/Hispanic communities. The Commission is the leading national Latino AIDS organization coordinating National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and other prevention and advocacy programs in more than 40 States and Puerto Rico. For more information visit: www.latinoaids.org or www.nlaad.org.