Ampicillin (Penbritin)

Ampicillin is a form of penicillin which is approved for the treatment of urinary tract infections, ear infections, sinusitis, bronchitis, Salmonella  and gonorrhoea.

Its side-effects can include nausea, diarrhoea and rashes. Rashes seem to be more likely in people with HIV than in uninfected people. Ampicillin should not be used by people who are allergic to penicillin.

Ampicillin is usually taken in tablet form, although an intravenous infusion is also available for severe infections. The tablets should be taken at least half an hour before food. There is some evidence that taking ampicillin can reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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