WHO endorses use of HIV medicines for prevention

NEW YORK Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:18pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has endorsed using HIV medicines among people who do not have the infection but are at high risk of getting it and suggested that poor and wealthy countries alike set up pilot projects to better understand the benefits.

The United Nations agency made its suggestion on Friday, four days after U.S. regulators approved use of Gilead Sciences Inc's Truvada for people who are not infected but may engage in sexual activity with HIV-positive partners. The concept is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

Truvada, which combines the anti-HIV drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine in one pill, is widely used to treat people already infected with the virus that causes AIDS. The medicine, which costs almost $14,000 a year in the United States, is the first treatment also approved for prevention.

"WHO is encouraging countries wishing to introduce PrEP to first establish small projects to help public health workers to better understand and realize its potential benefits," the agency said in a statement. It said appropriate HIV medicines should be given to those at high risk of infection.

"These could include men or transgender women who have sex with men," the group said.

WHO spokeswoman Sarah Russell said the agency could not recommend specific drugs for prevention, but added: "It needs to be a drug like Truvada that has been developed for prevention purposes."

Russell said WHO expects Gilead to make Truvada available at a deeply discounted price for prevention programs in some poor and middle-income countries.

"We believe Gilead will bring the price down to about $100 per year per person" in those countries, Russell said in an interview.

Gilead said generic versions of Truvada, costing as little as $8 a month, are already available in 112 countries, including countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic such as India, Thailand and South Africa, under special arrangements with 12 Indian generic partners.

WHO noted that an international study called Partners PrEP has shown that HIV medicines are highly effective at preventing the illness in men and women whose partners are infected.

That study, conducted in Kenya and Uganda and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, involved taking a daily tablet containing tenofovir or tenofovir in combination with emtricitabine.

The U.N. agency said it would evaluate the outcomes of the small projects, along with evolving scientific evidence, before issuing its own detailed guidelines next year on the use of HIV treatments for prevention.

WHO said it was important that people taking HIV drugs for prevention are HIV-negative, because otherwise drug resistant forms of HIV could evolve. The agency said they should also continue using condoms and faithfully take their medicines on a daily basis.

(Reporting By Ransdell Pierson; Editing by Toni Reinhold and Dan Grebler)

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umojaresearch wrote:
The World Health Organization (WHO) according to scientists’, doctors and researchers was involved in the intentional spread of AIDS.

In the Monday May 11, 1987 London Times article, Science Editor Pearce Write’s headlines were, “Smallpox Vaccine “Triggered AIDS Virus” and the WHO was giving the medical injections.

Dr. William Campbell Douglas, M.D., wrote a paper titled, “WHO Murdered Africa” and suggested WHO was not a question, but the World Health Organization was responsible for AIDS in Africa.

Robert B. Strecker M.D, PhD and his brother, Attorney Theodore Strecker, presented the documented facts on the Request, Production and Distribution AIDS and presented WHO documents suggesting their possible involvement in the intentional spread of AIDS in Africa, in a DVD titled, “The Strecker Memorandum” and a document complete with references presented to every U.S. Government Agency titled, “This Is A Bio-Attack Alert, dated March 28, 1986.

Additional scientific evidence of the creation and intentional spread of AIDS was given by Dr. John Seale, a member of the Royal College of Medicine in London and an in depth description of Dr. Seale’s documented evidence on the creation of AIDS was written by Dr. Gary L. Glum in a book titled, “Full Disclosure”.

So the WHO supporting drugs, which in many cases is equally as harmful as the AIDS virus, should not be surprising.

Science has proven over a century ago, drugs and vaccines, even aspirin, is harmful to the human body.

It should also be noted, the natural remedies which have been proven by science to be effective against AIDS are suppressed, because the Herbs and Raw Diets cost pennies on the dollar and cannot be patented by drug companies.


1. Politics in Healing: The Suppression and Manipulation of American Medicine by Daniel Haley
2. The Persecution and trial of Gaston Naessens: The True Story of The Efforts to Suppress an Alternative Treatment for Cancer, AIDS and Other Immunologically Based Diseases, by Christopher Bird.

3. DVD, The Strecker Memorandum, Robert B. Strecker MD, PhD.

4. Olive Leaf Extract, by Morton Walker.

5. Smallpox Vaccine “Triggered AIDS Virus”, Pearce Wright, Science Editor, London Times, Monday May 11, 1987

6. WHO Murdered Africa, by William Campbell Douglas, M.D. There is no question mark after the title of this article because the title is not a question.

7. DVD, VACCINES, What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, by Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny

8. This Is A Bio-Attack Alert, by Robert B Strecker MD, PhD, Attorney Theodore A Strecker, written March 28, 1986 and submitted to every U.S. Government Agency.
9. “Full Disclosure”, by Dr. Gary L Glum

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