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Truvada: The First Drug Approved to Prevent HIV Infection

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: November 2012 - Volume 112 - Issue 11 - pp 20,21
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000422248.42341.b1
Drug Watch

* Emtricitabine–tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada), a combination of two nucleoside analog HIV-1 reverse transcriptase inhibitors, is the first drug to be approved for the prevention of HIV infection in those who are at high risk for contracting HIV from a sexual partner.

* Truvada should be used as part of a comprehensive plan for prevention of disease transmission. It needs to be taken daily to achieve its therapeutic effect.

* It's important that a negative HIV status be confirmed before a patient begins therapy.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner is the course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch: daschen1@jhu.com.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.