HIV prevention pills now available to students

For the first time university and college students – the age cohort most at risk of contracting HIV – will be able to access an anti-retroviral prevention medication called Truvada which reduces the risks of contracting the disease by at least 90% if taken daily, writes Katharine Child for Times Live.

According to the announcement last week by the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme, HIV-negative students at seven universities will be able to access the medication from approved campus health clinics. The universities are Nelson Mandela University‚ Rhodes University‚ University of Limpopo‚ University of the Free State‚ University of Venda‚ University of Zululand and Vaal University of Technology.

The roll-out is actually a trial that will give the national health department information about whether there is a demand for such preventive treatment and if people will use it. Truvada has been rolled out in South Africa at pilot clinics for gay and bisexual men and to some HIV negative sex workers‚ but has not been made available to young people before.
Full report on the Times Live site