ABCNews.go.com (05.21.12) - Thursday, May 24, 2012
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended last
week that the HIV treatment Truvada be approved as an HIV
prevention tool. Some doctors already have been prescribing
the drug off-label to uninfected partners in couples where
only one person has HIV. The new recommendation gives such
couples hope of obtaining the medication more easily.
"When Wes became positive, it was a strain for both of us,"
said Nick Literski of his partner's 2009 diagnosis. "It's
actually very common for people to break off their
relationship when one partner contracts HIV."
"Condoms don't always work. Sometimes they break," said Wes
Tibbett, Literski's partner of six years. "If we're intimate
and I have an accident, I'm not as worried for Nick."
Dr. Rob Killian, the Seattle couple's physician, said he has
prescribed Truvada to five HIV-negative patients in the last
two years. Killian said he only writes such a prescription if
the patient does not abuse drugs or alcohol, and understands
the drug must be taken daily and that condoms should be used.
"My experience with people who are HIV-positive is that those
individuals usually have more worry and guilt about protecting
their partners," Killian said. "One of the main reasons I
started prescribing Truvada was to reduce that kind of
"It gives me a peace of mind to know that I'm not going to
harm my partner," Tibbett said. "That's a pretty big bonus in