According to some new studies, AIDS drugs are more promising to prevent uninfected people from catching HIV during sexual intercourse with an HIV-positive partner.
In a study carried out on gay men, the researchers discovered that no participant in the survey got HIV only by using two AIDS drugs combination either before and after sexual intercourse or on a daily basis. Also, in the second research, the scientists noticed that uninfected people didn’t catch HIV after having sex with HIV-positive patients under powerful treatment.
“The only way you’re going to end the epidemic is by preventing additional cases of transmission. AIDS drugs are tools that, if widely implemented, theoretically could end the epidemic,” asserted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US’ top AIDS researcher, who also said that the results of the new studies are “very impressive” and “really striking.”
The two study’s reports were debated at the International AIDS Conference, held yesterday in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
AIDS drugs are more promising to prevent uninfected people from catching HIV
According to Dr. Fauci, the new results are auspicious in stopping the “HIV epidemics” by just not allowing an HIV-positive patient infect an uninfected person.
“You get a twofer. You save the life of the person who’s infected, and you’re making it virtually impossible for that person to transmit that infection to their sexual partner,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci.
However, he also said that until a reliable HIV vaccine is available, using condoms remains the best HIV-protection method. However, not many are enjoying using condoms so that other prevention methods might be needed.
In the first research, the administration of two AIDS drugs combination, known as Truvada by Gilead Science, showed promising results in preventing uninfected people catching HIV during sexual intercourse with HIV-positive partners. Also, it yielded the best results in male-female couples.
During the second study, the researchers suppressed the HIV in HIV-positive patients using AIDS drugs until the transmission of the virus became impossible.