Sunday, September 16, 2012

Risky business

This weekend I received a notification (through the mail) from a drug company about a new indication for a medication.

The medication Truvada is now indicated for pre-exposure prophylaxis, in combination with safer sex practices, to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 in adults at high risk.

Included in the information was also about a four page list of the side effects and warnings of use.

High risk individuals are defined as those who have sexual partners known to be HIV-1 infected or engaging in sexual activity within a high prevalence area or social network and one or more of the following: inconsistent or no condom use, diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections, or exchange of sex for commodities (such as money, food, shelter, or drugs), use of illicit drugs or alcohol dependence, incarceration, or partner(s) of unknown HIV-1 status with any of the factors listed above.

Wow, that's quite a list.

Honestly, it makes me sort of queasy. Not because I have a problem caring for or treating high risk patients. It's just because my son just turned 18 this weekend and he goes to college next year-my daughter the year after.

I just hope/pray that neither will ever become a high risk individual.

All parents can empathize.

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