Breakthrough in reduction of HIV transmission to partners

  1. Today the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Disease (a part of the National Institutes of Health) released the results of a major study that found the chances of transmitting HIV from one partner to another can be substantially reduced if the infected partner starts ARV treatment immediately instead of waiting until the treatment is required by impairment of his/her immune system. Apparently the large-scale clinical trial showed that by starting treatment while their immune systems were still in fairly decent shape, those infected were far less likely to pass the virus on to their partners.

    Here are links to the story from the New York Times
    as well as the more detailed release from NIAID

    This may well end up being a big deal. If the findings are borne out by other studies, that will obviously make early detection and affordable treatment that much more important. Any thoughts?
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  3. by   muffins20
    I can only hope that this will make a great difference in many lives.

    Just goes to show how important our history assessments and teaching can be.
  4. by   dandk1997RN
    But how does starting HAART earlier than normal affect the infected individual? I only wonder because my understanding is that the meds often eventually become ineffective and people have to switch to different ones. If they start taking it before they actually need it, will it mean they will run out of med options at a younger age?

    It is amazing how far treatment of HIV has come since I was a kid and it was a fairly quick death sentence. I didn't realize until my lecture on HIV/AIDS that it is now considered a chronic illness (at least in places where patients have access to the meds they require.) Unfortunately, it has spread so much, giving it the opportunity to mutate and evade the effects of any vaccines that might be in the works.