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MEDICATIONS WORK TO KEEP HIV FROM SPREADING, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Putting one HIV infected person on medications to suppress the virus prevents transmission of the infection to their sexual partner almost all of the time, a large, long term study found. Joel Gallant, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins, says itís disconcerting how the results were reported in the popular press.

GALLANT: Almost all of the news stories have gotten it way wrong. Bloomberg said that people were started on antiretroviral therapy as soon as they were diagnosed, which is not true, and the New York Times said they were started on therapy before the HIV damaged their immune systems, which is not true. In these discordant pairs where one partner was positive and one was negative people were either started on therapy immediately with a CD4 range of 350 to 550, or they waited until they met the criteria in use at the time, which were starting below 250.       :35

Gallant says since the public health implications of this study are so profound correct dissemination of the findings is critical. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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