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Kenyan government to roll out pre-exposure HIV drug

Source: The Daily Nation

By ELIZABETH MERAB

A doctor at Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC, holds a handful of Truvada, the first pill recommended for HIV prevention in healthy people who are at high risk of getting HIV through unprotected sex, on May 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO | KERRY SHERIDAN

A doctor at Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC, holds a handful of Truvada, the first pill recommended for HIV prevention in healthy people who are at high risk of getting HIV through unprotected sex, on May 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO | KERRY SHERIDAN

The Kenyan government will next month roll out a new drug meant to protect HIV-negative people from contracting the virus.

The drug, known as Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) will be given to those at high risk of contracting the virus before being made accessible to the rest of the population.

This is after pilot studies conducted in Kenya and Uganda showed that if taken once daily, the drugs can prevent HIV infection by more than 96 per cent. Read More

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