Friday, July 6, 2018

Dr. Gangcuangco urges the government to make PrEP and integrase inhibitors available nationally

During the opening of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) held in Davao City last July 6, 2018, Dr. Louie Mar Gangcuangco, a Balik Scientist (Returning Scientist) Awardee of the Department of Science and Technology, urged the Philippine government to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and integrase inhibitors available in the entire country. He believes that these are the missing pieces in HIV prevention and treatment in the Philippines. PrEP is currently available from a few treatment hubs in Manila. The first line regimen for HIV remains to be lamivudine-tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-efavirenz (LTE), the only daily one pill regimen for HIV available in the Philippines.

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