Anti-HIV Drugs Slash Risk of Virus Transmission by 92 Percent
June 1, 2010
A newly published study's results provide perhaps the strongest evidence to date that the drugs used to treat HIV also prevent its spread. In a trial involving heterosexual couples where one partner was HIV-infected and the other was not, AIDS drugs reduced the risk of viral transmission to the uninfected partner by 92 percent.
At 24 months, 103 partners who had been HIV-free at baseline had been infected by their partner. Genetic testing was used to confirm whether an infection had originated with the patient's partner or with someone outside the trial. Only one of the 103 genetically linked infections was transmitted by a partner on ART.
Agence France Presse
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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