HIV-Negative? Here’s How To Stay That WayJuly 14, 2011 No Comments
Great news from UNAIDS and WHO! After looking at what happens when people without HIV take anti-HIV drugs, they found new infections can be reduced up to 73 percent!
- Results announced today from two studies reveal that a daily antiretroviral tablet taken by people who do not have HIV infection can reduce their risk of acquiring HIV by up to 73%. Both daily tenofovir and daily tenofovir/emtricitabine taken as preventive medicine (PrEP – pre-exposure prophylaxis) can prevent heterosexual transmission of HIV from men to women and from women to men.
So who’s going to take these drugs? Won’t most people use condoms?
Sadly there’s far too many people who don’t use condoms — that’s how the infection is spreading in the first place! But for people in a relationship where one person has HIV and the other doesn’t this is great. It will allow people in what’s called serodiscordant relationships to have sex without that niggling fear of infection stopping them from having a good time.
These drugs could also be used by sex workers, injecting-drug users and others in high risk groups. Just don’t forget about condoms; they are still the best way to protect yourself and always will be.
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