AIDS prevention pill study halted; no benefit seen
I am not sure we are quite at a ‘never mind’ point just yet, but it’s definitely time to break down these two studies and find out where the difference lies. We’ll have to wait and see how the two other studies that the article mentions turn out.
Great, ERV… Now you get to explain how this fits into the conspiratorial view that Big Pharma is in control of the world and is coercing people to take its useless toxic medz that actually cause teh AIDZ!
But the articles on this drug seem to indicate that it has a positive effect on preventing AIDS in men.
‘However, women taking it were more likely to become pregnant than those on dummy pills. “That’s both a surprising finding and one that we can’t readily explain”‘
How about “women can tell treatment from placebo, and women in the treatment group use condoms less”?
Ben – or, more plausibly than people being able to tell the difference between experimental and placebo pills, that there’s an off-target interaction between Truvada and female sex hormones.
This might render birth control inert (as well as the anti-HIV drug), thus explaining higher incidence of pregnancy and higher HIV infection rate in the experimental group, as well as the presence of a more desirable outcome in gay men.
sorry, that should say, “thus explaining higher incidence of pregnancy and comparable HIV infection rate in the experimental group”
Fair enough. I guess I was just assuming we would already know if Truvada mucked with contraceptives.
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