A daily dose of anti-HIV medication almost eradicates the risk of infection for people in a relationship with an HIV positive partner, a study showed on Tuesday , raising hopes of reducing HIV rates among one of Africa’s highest risk groups.
A European study published last week had drawn a similar conclusion, that HIV-positive individuals undergoing treatment are not likely to transmit the virus to their partner even during unsafe sex.
Over 1,000 Kenyan and Ugandan couples took part in the two year project where the HIV positive partner took antiretroviral therapy (ARV) and the HIV negative one took pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). “More than 95% of the HIV infections we expected to see, we did not,” the lead researcher, Jared Baeten of the University of Washington, said.
The results were announced at the Durban International AIDS Conference in South Africa.
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