Published: Aug 09, 2012 12:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. health officials are telling doctors they should consider an AIDS prevention pill for women and heterosexual men at high risk for getting the virus.
    
The government previously advised doctors to give the once-a-day pill Truvada to high-risk gay and bisexual men only. However, there are an estimated 140,000 heterosexual couples in which one person is infected with HIV.
    
Dr. Dawn Smith of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's not a population that should be ignored. Truvada is also used to treat people already infected with HIV. The new CDC advice was issued Thursday.

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