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HIV Treatment as Prevention: The 2011 Breakthrough of the Year | Care2 Causes

HIV Treatment as Prevention: The 2011 Breakthrough of the Year | Care2 Causes

Could treatment for HIV, if given at an earlier enough point in time, prevent it? Science Magazine ‘s “2011 Breakthrough of the Year ” suggests that HIV treatment could mean prevention. The study in question appeared in the August 11 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and showed that giving antiviral medicines to HIV-infected people when their immune systems are still relatively healthy made them 96 percent less likely to transmit the virus to uninfected partners. 1,763 heterosexual couples from nine different countries (Botswana, Brazil, India, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and Zimbabwe) were enrolled in the study, which is summarized in Science Daily : Each couple included one partner with HIV infection. The investigators randomly assigned each couple to either one of two study groups. In the first group, the HIV-infected partner immediatel...

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