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HIV Prevention: Drugs Even More Effective Than Thought

July 19, 2011

The early initiation of antiretroviral therapy reduces rates of heterosexually transmitted HIV even more than previously reported, investigators announced Monday at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rome. Early ART is also associated with a 41 percent reduction in HIV-related morbidity and mortality, they said.

In the HPTN 052 trial -- conducted in nine countries, including the United States -- HIV-infected partners in 1,763 serodiscordant couples were randomized to initiate ART either immediately or to delay treatment until their CD4

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