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Scientists Explore Use of Anti-HIV Drugs as a Means to Slow HIV Transmission

Joan Stephenson, PhD
JAMA. 2010;303(18):1798-1799. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.578.
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San Francisco—As the number of new HIV infections continues to outstrip treatment capacity, the need for better prevention strategies becomes ever more apparent. Although attempts to develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine have been discouraging, other approaches to slow the spread of HIV are sparking interest, report researchers at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

Studies are under way to determine if a strategy involving widespread testing of individuals for HIV infection and initiating treatment with antiretroviral drugs in those who test positive can help reduce HIV spread. Researchers also are investigating whether using such drugs in pills and in vaginal gels will offer protection against HIV infection.

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Studies are under way to determine if a strategy involving widespread testing of individuals for HIV infection and initiating treatment with antiretroviral drugs in those who test positive can help reduce HIV spread. Researchers also are investigating whether using such drugs in pills and in vaginal gels will offer protection against HIV infection.

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