Friday, September 6, 2019 - The problem with the solutions being proposed by members of Congress and the Trump administration is that lawmakers may be focusing their attention on one problem and overlooking the real one. Most politicians are critical of the high price of Truvada. A single year's dosage of Truvada cost around $20,000 and puts the drug out of reach of all but those with the best health insurance plans. A second issue that is drawing more attention than it should is that critics of the Truvada government giveaway program claim that 2 million bottles of the drug per year is too little to make a dent in the problem and that it would take "an additional" 2 million bottles per year each year over the next decade to make the drug available for free to all who need it. Truvada attorneys are experienced lawyers with extensive experience in representing pharmaceutical cases and offer a free consultation before filing a claim.
A more pressing problem exists, however, that may prevent Truvada from getting to the demographic group of people that need the drug the most, that group being gay black and Latino teenagers. The spread of HIV is most prevalent in this particular group and the reason for their unwillingness to take HIV prophylactic drugs is primarily because to do so would require parental consent and expose what to many is their hidden sexual proclivity. That may soon change, however, if other states follow the lead of the state of Connecticut and repeal laws that requires minors to first get parental consent before receiving Truvada.
According to the Hartford Courant, Truvada will soon be made available to minors without parental consent. "Minors will no longer need parental consent to obtain HIV prevention medication, commonly referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and sold under the brand name Truvada. State law already allowed minors to be treated for HIV or AIDS without their parents being notified. Youth ages 13-24 account for 22 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S., according to Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan, a Bethel Democrat and one of the bill's chief sponsors. If youth are required to receive parental consent to obtain PrEP we are effectively requiring that they choose between their right to privacy and their right to medical treatment," Rep. Jeff Currey, an East Hartford Democrat and another co-sponsor of the bill, wrote in testimony submitted to state legislators."
I agree that giving Truvada away for free is a good thing but not as important as targeting the stigma gay teenagers feel that prevents them from approaching an adult for permission to take the drug. Once the bill passes school HIV transmission prevention educational programs must be implemented throughout the country and the free Truvada giveaway program should be directed at this particular group of young adults.
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