• PrEP

    Israel joins the Western world in the fight against HIV infection: The Ministry of Health has approved family doctors to prescribe the drug "Truvada" and the Israeli generic of Teva "Emtrivir" to prevent infection with HIV. This is in contrast to the situation so far, in which the drug was given in emergency situations only (i.e. after a sexual exposure) in which there was a risk of infection or as part of the drug-cocktail in the treatment of carriers and patients.


    In the Western world, drugs have been given for many years to prevent infection among high risk groups that perform unprotected sex. In the United States the treatment is available since July 2012 and is covered by all medical insurance companies. Anyone at risk can contact their family doctor and get a prescription. Preventive care has also been approved in Canada, France, Norway and South Africa. Other European countries plan to distribute the treatment soon.


    The change in the registry was granted by the Ministry of Health, according to which family doctors and doctors from other specialties will soon undergo training and will be allowed to prescribe the drugs that prevent HIV infection. However, the drug will still be sold at a full price of NIS 2,400 a month.


    Meanwhile, the drug was submitted to the nearest national "medication basket" committee to allow groups at risk, such as gays and drug addicts who have unprotected casual sex, to buy it at a reduced price.


    PrEP is the initials of "Pre Exposure Prophylaxis", a preventive treatment against HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS.
    Studies have shown that routine administration of this preventive treatment to high risk groups has significantly reduced infection rates. Several Western countries have already begun providing PrEP treatment to populations at risk.


    The most commonly used drugs for PrEP, is Truvada and Teva's Emtrivir. The drugs contain a combination of the drugs Tenofovir and Emtricitabine, which inhibit the replication and spread of the virus in the body.


    The treatment should be taken on a daily basis, and the kidney function should be monitored. Taking Truvada is not a substitution for condom use! Although the treatment reduces the infection rates significantly, it does not reduce it to zero. Moreover, there are plenty other STD's to be aware of, such as Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis that can infect people do not use condoms.