New ARVs to be taken once a month

IN a major milestone that will curb pill fatigue and reduce default cases, Zimbabwe will among other countries introduce a new HIV preventive drug that will be taken only once a month.

In the country, drugs to prevent HIV infection, and drugs for HIV-positive people on anti-retroviral therapy, are taken daily. Officials said the Antiretroviral, Islatravir, will be administered to HIV-negative people as a way of preventing infection (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and will only be taken once every month compared to Truvada which is already in use but is taken daily.

Principal Investigator at the University of Zimbabwe’s Clinical Trials Research Centre Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi said the new drug was going to be a game-changer in the area around HIV prevention as pill fatigue was taking a toll on the population.


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