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New concerns about FDA approving HIV drug

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Most celebrated when the FDA announced this week that for the first time in 30 years, it's giving the okay for a drug to prevent HIV, which is the virus that leads to aids.  But some health experts are just as worried now, but for another reason.  

William Harper from the AIDS Service Association said, "The first thing I saw was somebody say, ‘new drug to prevent HIV, yay!'"  "That frightened me to death because I can just see people say, ‘throw away the condoms; we're good! We don't have to worry about this anymore; we just take a pill. Well, the pill costs 14,000 a year."

The FDA okayed truvada as a preventive measure for people high risk of getting HIV, like those whose partner is infected.  That doesn't meant the drug is new. It's been used, but not approved for years. The approval now opens the door for truvada to become widely available. That's why the AIDS Service Association warns that lessons about safe sex are still needed, perhaps now more than ever. .Because Harper says we don't want people to forget just how threatening this infection is.  It can still kill you.

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