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Experts Recommend FDA Approval of AIDS Prevention Drug

A panel of U.S. experts has recommended federal approval of the first drug shown to prevent HIV — the virus that causes AIDS.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel held two separate votes Thursday on recommending the drug Truvada for healthy people at high risk of AIDS — one for gay and bisexual men and one for heterosexual couples where one person is HIV-positive.

The once-daily pill is already prescribed to many HIV-infected patients. But the FDA must now decide whether to make Truvada the first drug approved for use as a preventative treatment of HIV.

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