Doctors should recommend HIV prevention pills, task force says

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By Maggie Fox

Doctors need to be thinking about whether their patients have a risk of becoming infected with the AIDS virus and, if they do, should recommend a daily pill to protect themselves, a federal task force said Tuesday

It’s the first time the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended what’s called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP to help stop the spread of HIV.

“The evidence is clear: when taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV,” Dr. Seth Landefeld, a member of the USPSTF, said in a statement.

“To make a difference in the lives of people at high risk for HIV, clinicians need to identify patients who would benefit and offer them PrEP, added Landefeld, who chairs the department of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.