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No matter where I look, I am seeing articles, photos, questions and confusion about the appearance of this new HIV medication that seems to have everyone excited.
But why are they excited?
I was curious myself, being someone that has to take a lot of medication to keep on puttering along, I have always asked as many questions about the medications I am taking.
So I sat down with my trusted pharmacist, Zahid Somani of The Village Pharmacy and I asked him to explain things to me, simply. No fancy medical, tech-pharma-geek talk.
Here is what I took away from that conversation; Genvoya is a new version of Stribild. Both are are a combination of 4 drugs to make up one brand name product that is effective in HIV treatment.
The drug that we need to focus on here is TVF (Tenofovir). You may have heard this name before, TVF is also found in Truvada.
What was showing up in about 1% of people, that were taking either medication with TVF, was a measurable change in kidney function. I hate to use that word because it sounds drastic. Some were also noticing a loss of bone density.
Now we have TAF (Tenofovir), almost a Tenofovir 2.0 if you will, which shows to have measurably less effect on kidneys.
So Genvoya has the same 3 drugs that Stribild does but now with the new formulation of Tenofovir (TAF).
Genvoya is not a PrEP option, even though it has the same drug as Truvada which is used for PrEP. Genvoya is strictly for treatment.
Now we move forward.
This is not where the conversation is going to end on TAF vs TVF.
Some people are questioning motives on the part of Gilead; however, that is not for here and now.
For 98%-99% Stribild is working just as expected.
For those that it is not they now have a solution which will reduce the negative effects on the kidneys.
That is the information we wanted to get out there and make it simple as possible to understand what is going on.
Look for more coming on this topic.
Here is an article [BETA] that came through my email that embraces the discussion about kidney function. The study was prompted due to the higher number of people taking Truvada as PrEP and noticing an effect on the kidneys. – 11 March 2016 19:30 -4UTC
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