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Health Dept encourages combination prevention after HIV Truvada pill approved

The Medicines Control Council (MCC) has approved a pill that can stop HIV infection, for use as a preventative treatment in South Africa.

The medicine has a success rate of up to 100 percent, but has also been globally criticised over concerns that it may promote unsafe sex and promiscuity.

Deputy Director-General at the Department of Health, Dr Yogan Pillay explained how the drug will be introduced and said that the pill must be used with all the other preventive measures available, including condoms, circumcision and abstinence.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

We are very concerned about the importance of combination prevention. This is not a magic bullet.

Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Health

It must be used with all the other preventative tools we already have.

Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Health

There will be a fairly lengthy process of consultation before we introduce Truvada.

Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Health

We will not be handing out this medication 'willy-nilly', for sure.

Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Health

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