The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have made new recommendations to doctors recently.
There is an AIDS prevention pill called Truvada that actually helps to protect against the HIV virus. So far, doctors have only been giving the once a day pill to high-risk gay and bisexual men but over 25% of new HIV infections each year are in heterosexuals.
A CDC physician said:
"That’s not a portion of the epidemic we want to ignore."
The CDC isn't recommending the pill for every sexually active heterosexual, even in couples where one person has the HIV virus, condoms are apparently sufficient in protecting against HIV.
They say the pill would be good for a half HIV positive couple who wants to have a baby. The couple could have unprotected sex safely with Truvada.
While the pill costs between $6,000 and $12,000 a year, some insurance providers actually cover it!
There is another CDC recommended change for people treating gonorhea.
The commonly prescribed drug, Cefixime, is apparently not doing a very good job anymore. All it's doing is making gonorrhea more resistant to the drug.
So if you've got the clap, you might wanna talk to your doctor to reevaluate your treatment before we run out of antibiotics to throw at it.
Stay healthy! And don't be a fool! Wrap your tool!
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