Scott Wiener, who is a San Francisco Supervisor, has announced this week that he takes a pill named Truvada every morning so that he has protection against the HIV infection.
The public official who is known to be gay is among the first US public figures to have made that kind of admission. He said he wants his situation to be known to a lot of people so that they can also do something to steer clear of this disease.
Over the years, the negative stigma attached to being gay and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus has not changed that much, and there are still millions of people around the world that suffer from this STD. Spreading awareness and accurate information on this infection hopefully can educate more people and make them realize that they can do something to remain HIV-free for the rest of their lives.
Truvada, which is also known as PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is the first FDA approved drug to prevent the spread of HIV.
Many health workers support the movement to make Truvada more accessible and available to people so that they can take this medication and lower their risk for HIV.
Today, according to Gilead, the company that makes Truvada, the pill will cost a person about $1,300 per month if they do not have insurance.
With the prevalence of HIV, it only makes sense to find ways to minimize the risks for spreading. Hopefully, sooner than later, medical workers find more options for people to be able to protect themselves against this fatal disease.