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FDA Approves Injection to Prevent HIV/ AIDS

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2021 | AIDS/HIV

The federal Food and Drug administration has approved an injection to prevent exposure to HIV/AIDS, a development that advocates are claiming is a major breakthrough in the fight against this disease.

The drug Aperture is administered in the form of an injection, and studies have found that it provides significant protection against the risk of HIV/AIDS acquired sexually. There are preventive pills that are recommended for at -risk groups, but there are limitations in the use of these. People who have mental disabilities as well as groups that suffer from socioeconomic limitations may struggle to take their pills regularly. Injections, however, are an easier way to provide the same kind of protection. In fact, the injection seems to provide even greater protection than the pills provide. The injection only needs to be administered once every eight weeks to continue to be effective.

For cisgender women, the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS with the use of the injections dropped by 90 percent.  For cisgender males as well as transgender women who had sexual relations with males, the risk dropped by 69 percent.

Complete and thorough medical documentation can be critical to recovering Social Security disability benefits clams for HIV/AIDS. The Social Security Administration will require extensive documents that state the date of diagnosis as well the date when the symptoms of the disease became disabling. This is crucial because the agency needs to ascertain that the disability has been present for at least 12 months or is expected to last at least twelve months in order to process a claim.  Lab reports that show abnormal blood counts, CD4, reports showing any other abnormalities as well as pathological reports, must be presented as evidence.