A new HIV drug aimed at making living with the illness easier has been granted marketing authorisation by the European Commission.
Produced by global specialist HIV company ViiV Healthcare, the new drug, which is called Dovato, has been trialled across the world, including in UK cities London, Manchester and Brighton.
Speaking about Dovato, Duncan Churchill, a consultant for the HIV service at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where the new medicine was tested, told the Brighton Argus: “It’s something that is going to make things a bit easier for treating people with HIV. It’s a combination of two drugs that are already available.
“Since 1996 it’s customary to use three drugs, but this is the first of a two-drug treatment that works just as well apparently.
“The advantage is you are sparing people the exposure to extra drugs, expelling that extra long-term toxicity.
“It’s great because about 20 years ago the drugs were really complicated and you had to fit your life around them, but now it’s a lot easier.”
There are more than 4,000 new HIV diagnoses in the UK each year.
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