GNN May 25, 2006
AIDS drugs for HIV negatives: the dangerous new trend in AIDS medicine
Viread: the feel-good drug
A January 22, 2006 article in The New York Times Magazine promoted the idea that gay men – not just HIV positive gay men – but all sexually-active gay men (among others) should be given an AIDS drug, on the assumption that doing so would stop AIDS. The drug in question is called Tenofovir (brand name Viread), which the writer, Jon Cohen, described as “a drug that appears safer than the other AIDS medications on the market1.”
Cohen asked, “Could the sexually active take antiretrovirals [AIDS drugs] to avoid contracting H.I.V. in the first place?” The answer is: Some people are willing to find out.