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Groups Affected by Truvada

Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is a popular HIV drug that was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012.

Truvada can be used by individuals to prevent HIV or treat individuals who already have HIV.

Truvada manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, Inc., has begun to face lawsuits alleging that the drug has caused users serious health complications in people who are HIV positive who have taken the drug. Victims are also claiming that Gilead knew of these side effects for years but still failed to protect them.

Individuals from all backgrounds, ethnicities, age groups, and sexual orientations are now having the deal with the negligence and unethical behavior of this pharmaceutical company. These victims do NOT deserve to be harmed by a medication that was meant to help them.

Have you or a loved one developed kidney or bone-related health issues after taking Truvada? The Truvada lawsuit attorneys of Onder Law Firm want to hear your story. Contact us today at (314) 310-7924 for a FREE consultation to learn more about your legal options.

Which Groups Are Most Affected by Truvada Side Effects?

Certain groups are at a higher risk of developing HIV or have higher rates of being involved in a relationship with an individual already with the condition. As a result, the following groups may also be taking Truvada at a higher rate.

If you or someone you know falls into any of these groups, are taking Truvada, and are suffering from severe health complications as a result, seek out medical attention immediately.

Gay and Bisexual Men

This demographic group is disproportionately affected by the HIV virus and is thus likely to include a higher rate of individuals who are taking Truvada – and suffering side effects.

While men who have relations with men account for 2 percent of the total U.S. population, two-thirds of all new HIV infections occurred within this demographic in 2009. Gay and bisexual men are the largest population affected by HIV in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

African Americans and other Ethnic Minorities

African-Americans make up the highest portion of ethnic minorities who have contracted HIV, while ethnic minorities as a whole suffer the most from new HIV infections. African-American men that have sex with other men are at a higher risk of contracting the virus; two-thirds of gay or bisexual HIV infections occurred in ethnic minorities.

One in five new HIV infections were attributable to the Hispanic community in 2009, a rate that is three times higher than the white community.

Injection Drug Users

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, HIV can survive on a used needle for up to 42 days, depending on the temperature and other factors. Cases of injection drug users acquiring the virus have dropped drastically since the 90s, where 23 percent of new HIV infections occurred during 1994 through 2000. In 2010, this number fell to 8 percent. Unfortunately, one out of 10 individuals will still contract the disease because of sharing a needle with another individual who already has the virus.


Heterosexual women who have had contact with an HIV positive partner accounted for over ¼ of all new infections in 2010. This number was more prevalent within ethnic minority communities. Massachusetts Department of Public Health stated that 40 percent of white women that have the virus contracted it from injection drug abuse.

Injection drug abuse also plays a major factor in women contracting the virus, accounting for 14 percent of HIV diagnoses. Also, whether it be from sexual or physical abuse experienced when they were children, adolescents, or adults, trauma is another big factor that plays a role in women contracting the virus.

HIV Patients in the Criminal Justice System

An estimated one in seven individuals that are HIV positive go through the prison system each year, and this segment of the population suffers from high rates of HIV infection. It is estimated that the HIV population in the criminal justice system is two to five times larger than in other communities, and thus there may be many Truvada victims among them.

The Impact of Truvada on Serodiscordant Couples

Serodiscordant couples are defined as couples where one member has HIV and the other does not. Sero means blood and Discordant means different or non-matching. In order to lower the risk of spreading HIV from one partner to the other, these particular couples may take certain medications like Truvada. But while Truvada may seem like a ‘wonder drug’ for serodiscordant couples, TDF is the main cause of many bone and kidney complications that they may experience.

To top that all off, Gilead allegedly did not release information regarding these side effects and injuries, while knowing about them for at least 10 years. The pharmaceutical manufacturer also withheld a safer treatment that contains tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF), which does not cause the same side effects as its TDF counterpart.

Now, serodiscordant couples that have developed debilitating side effects are filing product liability claims to secure the justice and financial recovery they are entitled to. If this resonates with your particular situation, our lawyers can help.

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