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For some people, the risk of kidney problems “10 years down the line may be less than the risk for acquiring HIV, which is significantly more problematic and can be fatal,” Pickett said.

“We need options for people. This is one option. It wouldn’t be an option for everybody. It’s not meant for everybody,” Pickett said.

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AP Health Writer Matthew Perrone contributed to this story from Washington.

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Online:

FDA: http://www.fda.gov

AIDS: http://www.aids.gov

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AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/LindseyTanner