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Mission to end HIV gets powerful boost

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Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Truvada is approved to cover
pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, treatment to prevent
HIV transmission.

Source: The Associated Press

Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, got some help from a powerful expert advisory panel in his quest to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.

On June 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of clinicians and scientists, recommended that prescribers offer pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, treatment to prevent HIV transmission in people at high risk of acquiring the infection.

The "A" rating recommendation from the panel of outside experts means private insurers are required by the Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law — to cover 100% of the cost of PrEP.

Only Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Truvada — a combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate — is approved in the U.S. for PrEP, although a generic form of the product is expected to come to the American market in September 2020.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, director has been involved in trying to eradicate HIV/AIDS since it was first identified in 1981, a time he called "the dark years of my professional career and even my life."

"As a physician, you're trained in healing people, but everybody that you're taking care of was dying and they were all young," Fauci said, adding that it was "really surrealistic."

Fauci’s mission to end HIV gets a shot in the arm

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