Treating Genital Herpes Does Not Reduce Risk of HIV, Study Says
March 14, 2008
Treating genital herpes does not reduce the risk of contracting HIV, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Reuters reports. Herpes simplex virus-2 has been shown to increase the risk of HIV by as much as 69%, so many experts have been examining whether treating HSV-2 might reduce the risk of HIV.
According to the researchers, an estimated 74%, 22% and 63% of new HIV cases among men, women and bar and hotel employees, respectively, in Tanzania are attributable to HSV-2. About 6.5% of people in Tanzania ages 15 to 49 are HIV-positive. HIV prevalence "reaches 40% in high risk groups, such as workers in bars and guesthouses, who may supplement their income by offering sex in return for money or gifts," the researchers added, noting that few use condoms (Reuters, 3/12).
The study is available online.
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