Mexico is the first country in Latin America that has the pills for sale in chain pharmacies.
28 people with high probabilities of contracting HIV have already taken the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pills that the government of Cuba provided them free of charge since March 6, in order to prevent the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
The aforementioned pills reduce the possibility of risk by 90 percent and their delivery is part of a test initiative that aims, in the long term and together with the Pan American Health Organization, to combat AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) on the island , explained Niura Pérez, one of the heads of the Granma newspaper project.
Few countries have implemented the PrEP pills
The 28 healthy patients who now receive treatment are from the municipality of Cárdenas, a territory with accelerated population growth where 243 people are living with HIV and at least 30 new cases are registered every year.
“Pre-exposure prophylaxis” consists in the daily administration of antiretroviral drugs to seronegative persons but with a substantial risk and higher than the average risk of contracting the virus. It is a relatively new plan in Latin America, where until now only the United States, Canada, Brazil, Bahamas, Mexico and Barbados have implemented it.
Mexico, first Latin American country with the pills for sale
The pilot phase of the PrEP-Mexico project will last three years, according to EFE, and began last September with 3,000 volunteers from Jalisco, Yucatán, Mexico City and Oaxaca, who underwent medical examinations to determine their participation.
PrEP (“pre-exposure prophylaxis”) means protecting from an infection. Treatment with these pills also has a name: Truvada (disoproxil fumarate of tenofovir and emtricitabine in a single pill), having it prevents the virus from adhering and spreading throughout the body.
It should be noted that Mexico is the first country in Latin America that has the product for sale in chain pharmacies, although its price depends on the distributor; for example, a bottle of 30 tablets can be obtained in pharmacies San Pablo for 4 thousand 599 pesos.
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