(NPR) — New, injectable anti-AIDS drugs only need to be taken a few times a year — rather than a daily pill — and may soon be available in many parts of the world.
Patients say they're more convenient and less stigmatizing.
The drugs only need to be taken a few times a year — and may soon be available in many parts of the world. Patients say they are more convenient and less stigmatizing.
Cabenuva is one of a new type of anti-AIDS drugs that need to be taken only a few times a year.
The injectable medicines can be used both to treat and prevent HIV infection. Several clinical trials of the treatments have wrapped up over the last year and the new long-lasting anti-AIDS drugs may soon become commercially available in many parts of the world. Earlier this year Canada became the first country to approve Cabenuva for HIV treatment with just a single injection every four weeks.
Steven says injections worked really well to suppress the virus, but for him there was also an unexpected emotional benefit, too.
“Until I really started participating in the trial, I didn't realize the psychic toll the pill bottle itself was taking on me,” he says.
The pills had become a daily reminder to him of his HIV status. It was liberating to break that routine.