HIV advocates frustrated over access to monthly treatment, but researcher cautions over eligibility – CBC

Cabenuva, an injectable HIV treatment, was approved by Health Canada 3 years ago

Apr 06, 2023

Nearly three years after injectable HIV treatments were approved by Health Canada, a B.C. advocacy group is calling for expanded access to the treatment for people in the province.

But researchers say not everyone living with HIV is eligible for the injection, given the risk of developing drug resistancy to other HIV treatments.

While there is no cure for HIV, a sexually transmitted infection that breaks down the body’s ability to fight infection and disease, medication is used to control the progression of the virus.

Cabenuva, the injectable treatment, is the only long-lasting drug option for HIV patients in Canada aside from a daily pill option.

The drug is administered monthly with the help of a patient’s health-care provider.

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