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Apr182011

HIV Prevention Drug Truvada: No Effect on Women

Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Prophylactic medicine widely used to prevent HIV infection among gay men appears to have no effect on women.

Researchers stopped one in a series of long-term studies testing the antiretroviral drug Truvada on thousands of African women who are at high risk of HIV infection after preliminary data showed an equal HIV infection rate among both women who took Truvada and those who took a placebo.

Many experts say they found the results of the study, known as FEM-PrEP, disappointing, since Truvada is regarded as a groundbreaking drug for HIV prevention among gay men. Researchers believed Truvada would also work for high-risk women in Africa.

"We were surprised by the outcome," said Dr. Timothy Mastro, vice president of health and developmental science at FHI, the nongovernmental organization that oversaw the study. "We were advised that there was no benefit to continue for the next several months."

A number of possible reasons could have contributed to the findings, according to Mastro. One reason, according to the organization, could be that the women may not have been taking the medication as advised, if they were taking it at all. Or the medication might not work for women the way it seemed to work for men.

"The final data have not been confirmed," said Mastro. "So at this point, all we can say is that the study was not able to conclude that Truvada works for women."

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