Monday, December 16, 2019 - Spokespersons for the LGBTQ community, (lesbians, gays, bi, trans, and queer people) that band together to defend and expand their sexual rights are infuriated that Facebook has decided not to remove ads on the platform that warn consumers that anti-HIV PrEP drug Truvada may carry deadly side effects. Activists claim that the ads were preventing some people that are at the greatest risk of transmitting HIV from being willing to take Truvada and instead think that is is better to practice unsafe sex. According to an article in the Washington Post earlier in the month "Fifty-two top LGBT advocates say the company has ignored their calls to action, (i.e., pulling the Facebook ads) and have created a major public health concern that puts patients at risk." The ads are from personal injury lawyers telling the stories of those who have suffered osteoporosis and kidney damage allegedly as a result of taking Truvada. Truvada kidney failure attorneys have vast experience and a winning track record representing families and individuals in the United States and offer a free consultation.
In defense of Facebook and the attorneys advertising for clients, Truvada.com itself warns potential and current patients that taking Truvada daily and for an extended period may have deadly repercussions. Truvada.com warns that taking Truvada carries serious side effects. "Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include:
1. Kidney problems, including kidney failure. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA.
2. Lactic Acidosis ... (too much lactic acid in your blood) which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Symptoms include: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.
3. Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Symptoms include skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark "tea-colored" urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain.
4. Bone problems, including bone pain, softening or thinning, which may lead to fractures.
The latter, osteoporosis, may or may not reverse itself over time. Patients taking Truvada must agree to post-market medical examinations to watch and report these and other side effects.
HIV negative individuals in monogamous relationships with HIV positive partners are urged to continue to practice safe sex and wear a condom whenever having sex. Personal injury attorneys are concerned that Gilead Sciences, maker of Truvada, has kept another drug, Descovy, off of the market until the Truvada patent expires in 2020 to maximize profits. Descovy is thought to be as effective as Truvada in preventing HIV transmission but is thought to carry far less deadly side effects.
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