Early HIV treatment may help stem AIDS, research shows
LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Treatment drugs can do more than improve the health of people with HIV: If administered early, medications can also reduce the spread of the disease to sexual partners and may help stem the AIDS epidemic. But many logistical hurdles stand in the way of making this strategy feasible, affordable and effective, according to experts writing in Tuesday’s edition of the journal PLoS Medicine.
The medications in question are antiretroviral therapies, which prevent HIV from multiplying and drastically diminish the amount of virus circulating in the blood. This not only curbs HIV’s assault on the immune system, it also makes it much more difficult for an infected person to pass the virus to someone else.
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