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RESULTS FROM A LONG TERM STUDY OF HIV TRANSMISSION DEMONSTRATE THE IMPACT OF MEDICATIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Data from almost 2000 couples, in which one partner was HIV infected, show that medications to suppress the virus largely prevent transmission to the uninfected partner, a federally funded study found. Joel Gallant, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the results.

GALLANT: What the study found was that there was a 96% reduction in transmission to the negative partner when positive partners were treated. So there were 28 infections altogether from positive partner to negative partner. 27 out of 28 occurred in untreated couples. There was one case of a transmission that occurred from a positive partner who was being treated to a negative partner. What this study does is it definitely shows that the best form of prevention is treating people who are positive.       :28

Gallant says that circumstances surrounding the one transmission need to be studied further, but that these results are very encouraging and support the early use of medications in those who are HIV infected. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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