Medicines Control Council approves HIV prevention drug

In a ground-breaking development, South Africans will have access to Truvada, a new drug that will reduce their chances of HIV infection.

702 and Cape Talk presenter, Redi Tlhabi, spoke to HIV treatment expert Professor Helen Rees about the new drug and what it means for South Africans who are interested in this treatment.

Listen to the interview below:

This is the first time we've gotten a product that appears to be highly effective if taken regularly... We are the second country to register it. It is groundbreaking

Prof Helen Rees, HIV treatment expert

We are seeing far too many young people who are frighteneed to be treated and go on and off treatment.

Prof Helen Rees, HIV treatment expert

There's still a lot going on behind the scenes in terms of finding a cure and vaccines and so on...We are looking at new ways to cure and develop a vaccine.

Prof Helen Rees, HIV treatment expert

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