Truvada does not replace condoms

  • April 21, 2015
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medicamento-para-prevenir-el-sida-truvadaHundreds of questions about the correct use of this drug were raised since the advent of the controversial pill known as Truvada as a method of prevention of the acquisition of HIV. Truvada has become strongly popular in countries like United States, Brazil and South Africa and has generated expectations about the future of the use condoms. “There are people who think it is easier to take a pill instead of using a condom”, said Dr. Juan Carlos Vargas, gynecologist and head of research of Profamilia in Colombia.

“Stopping to put on a condom during sex is one of the reasons why the drug has become so popular”, explaind Dr.  Vargas as one of the reasons why the drug has become popular in countries such as The United States. However, countries like Colombia uses Truvada alone for the treatment of people with HIV, not as a method of prevention.

According to recent research, Truvada as a pre exposure prophylaxis method can reach 90% effectiveness. This assertion has caused certain impact and even changed the sexual habits of Americans.

Specialists agree that the chances of the drug are limited and it does not replace condoms.

“We do not advise anyone to stop using condoms because of the consumption of Truvada. With Truvada, protection against HIV is only up to 90%, but not 100%”. On the other hand, this drug does not prevent the acquisition of other sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia or hepatitis B and C. In addition, this is not a contraceptive method, which means that it does not prevent pregnancy.

Experts agree that people should not stop using condoms. We must learn how to use condoms, so that they do not interrupt the erotic game. Additional medications to complement can be used, but cannot replace condoms.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the figures regarding the use of the condom at first intercourse is lowest in the Caribbean Region with 36.1%, whereas in adolescents in Colombia it is greater, with 56.9%. Further details show that young women with less education used condom at first intercourse only 23.2%, while young women with higher education used it at 64.7%, i.e. three times more.