U.S. Mulls Implications of Early Use of HIV Drugs to Stop AIDS Spread
May 27, 2011
The U.S. global AIDS coordinator is leading discussions within the government about the ramifications of recent landmark research showing the public health benefits of early antiretroviral therapy for people with HIV. This month, the federal government announced that a large clinical trial proved early HIV treatment, given before the immune system faltered, reduced transmission of the virus to heterosexual partners by 96 percent.
"This is a study that needs to challenge the way we've been doing business," said Dr. Eric Goosby. "We need to ask ourselves if this indeed presents an opportunity for us to be more effective in preventing new [HIV] infections. What I'm now committed to doing is shepherding the dialogue within the U.S. government -- to go quickly, but I want to do it consciously."
05.26.2011; Richard Knox
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