Primaquine is a tablet-form antibiotic that is sometimes used in combination with clindamycin as a treatment for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). It is also used for treating malaria.

The most common side-effects are gastrointestinal such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Black people who have a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency a condition that affects about 10% of Black Americans and is even more common in Africans and people of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern origin are susceptible to anaemia caused by the destruction of blood cells.

Primaquine is available as a generic (non-brandname) product.

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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NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.