A man in his twenties has contracted a
rare strain of HIV while taking Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis
Howard A. Grossman, MD presented the
findings at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) in Chicago,
which ends Friday.
According to POZ.com, the man tested
negative for HIV before starting PrEP on January 1 of this year. He
was diagnosed with a rare, highly drug-resistant strain of HIV on May
3. Tests indicate that he was adhering to the daily PrEP regimen.
The man said that he had unprotective
sex with two men outside of his relationship with his HIV-positive
partner before testing positive. In both sexual encounters, the man
played the top.
POZ.com noted that such cases are rare.
“PrEP works and is the most
successful intervention we have had; failures have been vanishingly
rare, and that's not changing; and tops can get infected,” Grossman
told POZ.com. He added that condoms can help reduce the risk of
This is the second case of a person
taking PrEP as prescribed contracting HIV. The
first case was presented in February.