Monthly 2-Shot Combo a Promising Alternative

The FDA’s approval of the first long-acting HIV drug combination yesterday promises to boost the quality of life for people under treatment—trading 3 daily pills for a monthly round of 2 injections, the AP reports.
 
The new treatment, called Cabenuva, could help reduce stigma, make it easier to keep treatment on track, and improve access for hard-to-reach groups. 
 
That’s key especially for people with spotty access to health care or those with mental health issues or substance use problems.
 
The daily pills are a struggle for many, the New York Times notes, and the consequences can be steep—as missed meds can help the virus develop resistance.
 
One Caveat: The clinical trials only included people who have already gotten the disease under control with conventional meds.

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