Truvada in LBGTQ+ Communities
During the summer of 1981, the first five cases detailing complications from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just two decades ago, contracting the virus was considered a death sentence.
With revolutions in science and medicine, Gilead Sciences Inc. led the way toward shifting this death sentence to manageable condition in a safe, efficient manner, or at least that is what they claimed. Kidney failure and a loss in bone mineral density are a few of the debilitating side effects that users of the drug are experiencing, and Gilead has remained silent about it since its creation.
This deceit has caused irreparable damage to the many different communities that rely on effective HIV prevention and/or treatment, the largest community being members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community.
If you or a loved one has suffered health complications and are taking Truvada, you may qualify for compensation. The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC can deliver. Contact us at (409) 763-3260 today to set up your FREE legal consultation with our best Truvada lawsuit attorney.
HIV in the LGBTQ Community
The LGBTQ community is the largest demographic impacted by the HIV virus. As per the CDC, 67 percent (39,782) of people who contracted HIV during the year 2016 were men who have sex with men. Individuals who shared needles or had sex without a condom were also shown to be susceptible to HIV.
Although the number of diagnoses of People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWH) in America declined by 19 percent in the years between 2005 to 2014, there is a disproportionate account of the demographics being affected by this virus.
In 2013, gay and bisexual men accounted for 2 percent of the total U.S. population; however, they accounted for 55 percent of all diagnoses for HIV/AIDS. At this rate, one in six gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.
Furthermore, transgender individuals may also account for a minute percentage of the American population but nonetheless, their demographic is proportionally more impacted by HIV diagnoses than other groups.
We must take a step back first and focus on the manufacturer of the drug. Gilead did, in fact, create the “miracle drug” Truvada to help those affected by HIV, but they kept all of the negative side effects close to the chest while stockpiling a safer alternative. In the eyes of product liability law, that is negligence. If you are a member of the LGBTQ community that is suffering from bone or kidney complications after taking Truvada, it’s time to seek justice.
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Current Prevention Methods For HIV Transmission
Awarness of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and viruses has allowed individuals to practice safer sex, with the first line of defense is in condom use. In the LGBTQ community specifically, taking antiretrovirals like Truvada has reduced the rate of transmission significantly.
Truvada is comprised of two medicinal components, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and emtricitabine (FCT). These two components bind to reverse transcriptase, and enzyme that helps HIV replicate. Usually, Truvada is used in combination with other HIV treatments to reduce the transmission of HIV.
This drug was designed to help individuals that are HIV positive, or may be susceptible to transmission, treat their HIV. Currently, however, there is no cure for HIV. However, studies have shown that TDF may result in life-threatening health complications.
In an attempt to protect their bodies from the impact of HIV, the LGBTQ community and others using TDF-based medicines like Truvada may be putting themselves at risk for different health complications.
If you are a member of the LGBTQ community suffering health complications caused by Truvada, call The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 for an experienced look into your claim.
The Side Effects of Truvada
Gilead Sciences Inc. has highly profited off the prescriptions made by the largest demographic at risk for HIV exposure, the LGBTQ community. Truvada is a daily prescription medicine that can work to minimize the risk of HIV-1 transmission through sex when used in combination with safe sex practices.
After the FDA’s approval of the drug as prevention method for HIV, PrEP became widely popular due to its ability to reduce transmission by 90 percent when used consistently.
In fact, according to NBC News, approximately 35 percent of gay and bisexual men at high risk of contracting HIV used pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatments like Truvada in 2017. In 2014, that number was just 6 percent, marking a nearly 500 percent jump in PrEP usage.
But still, so long as Truvada had TDF within its formula, negative side effects like the following would only occur:
- Dizzy spells
- Muscle aches
If left unchecked for too long, the following long-term side effects linked with the HIV-drug Truvada could occur:
- Bone damage or fragility
- Heart disease
- Increase of fat levels in the blood
- Liver damage
- Kidney problems
- Mental health effects
- Nerve damage
Kidney failure and bone damage are two detrimental side effects to the Truvada product. Lactic acidosis, or the excess of lactic acid in the blood, is another possible fatal outcome caused by Truvada, while a worsening of Hepatitis B can also occur in some users.
Lawsuits Filed Against Gilead
Gilead has been very successful in the past two decades because of their TDF-based drugs like Truvada, reaping billions in profit over sales of their TDF drug products to certain demographics. Members of the LGBTQ community are frequent consumers of the medication, taking PrEP routinely to prevent the transmission of HIV.
However, lawsuits have recently surfaced alleging that the big pharmaceutical company has negatively affected consumers, resulting in life-threatening kidney failure and bone demineralization in an already marginalized and minority demographic including black and LGBTQ individuals.
Allegations surrounding the company alleging that they withheld a safer alternative, tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF), for the sake of maintaining and boosting profits once TDF ran its patent is another demonstration of negligence and questionable business practices that Gilead has cast upon vulnerable groups. Truvada is not a cheap treatment, and the company made promises of effectiveness and safety of the drug.
Now, patients are suffering from serious and long-term health effects that could potentially lead to death in the most serious of all Truvada kidney and bone damage cases.
For more information on pursuing a defective drug lawsuit against Truvada, call The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 today.
What You Should Do If You Are Suffering From Truvada’s Side Effects
Affected LGBTQ folks should seek medical care if they are experiencing any health complications after taking Truvada. Unfortunately, sometimes the symptoms are not so apparent, and an unexpected diagnosis may occur before action is taken to stop the progression of harm.
Aside from the obvious benefit of visiting the hospital, the doctors or nurses helping you there may ask you about the details that led up to your injury. Be as descriptive as possible, as what they are doing in that moment is recording all of this information on your incident report. This report will prove invaluable when you are fighting for your due compensation in civil court.
Next, contact The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC at (409) 763-3260 to set up a free legal consultation with one of our Truvada lawsuit lawyers. Here, we will try to get as many details from you and a statement about what had happened while all of the information is still fresh. Do not hesitate, though. In some states, the statute of limitations for product liability is two years from the date you sustained the injury.
Once we received all of the required information, we will begin our research process. Here, we will talk to local medical and scientific professionals that we personally know to get a better understanding of your infliction.
Seek out the best Truvada lawsuit attorneys today, and tell us your story.
Members of the LGBTQ community have entrusted Gilead to do the right thing, but the company used their affliction to flourish in sales, leaving them to suffer long-term and severe health issues that damage bone and kidney alike, including many more issues.
At The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC, our attorneys will work hard to investigate the negligence of big pharmaceutical companies like Gilead Sciences Inc. and hold them liable for the deadly health complications and side effects they have caused in minority demographics.
Trust that you will have the best legal support by your side every step of the way through our law firm. We understand how difficult it must be to deal with the physical injury, pain and suffering, and financial burdens of Truvada-related complications, and we want to help you get back on your feet.
Don’t suffer in silence. Voice your outrage of Gilead’s deceit by getting in touch with a Truvada lawsuit attorney today. Call (409) 763-3260 or contact us online.