HIV prevention pill near approval

Associated Press
In this Thursday, May 10, 2012 photo, Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill at her office in San Francisco. Sterman prescribes the drug off-label for about a dozen patients at high risk for developing AIDS. The pill, already used to treat people with HIV, also helps prevent the virus from infecting healthy people. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide by June 15 whether the pill’s maker Gilead Sciences should be allowed to formally market the drug for preventive use. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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The 30-year battle against AIDS is on the verge of a radical new phase, with the government expected to endorse a once-a-day pill to prevent infection with the virus. Some doctors are already giving patients the drug, Truvada, to ward off infection.

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