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HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« on: May 27, 2009, 05:54:19 PM »

Taking HIV drugs could stop the virus spread as well as controlling illness

The main focus for HIV prevention work is still encouraging people to use condoms.

But in this week's Scrubbing Up health column, HIV expert Michael Carter says increasing the numbers taking medication would reduce infections to the same degree.

Over the last 15 years, HIV treatment has transformed the outlook of people with the virus.

Modern HIV treatment is now so good many with the virus will be able to live a normal lifespan.

But HIV treatment also has another desirable outcome - the people who take it are less infectious.

Indeed, the impact of HIV treatment on infectiousness is so great that it might have the potential to stop the epidemic in its tracks if everyone took an HIV test each year and everyone diagnosed with HIV received treatment.

'Zero risk'

The currently available treatment cannot cure a person of HIV.

Instead, taking a combination of three different drugs every day can reduce levels of HIV in the blood to undetectable levels.

Because there is hardly any HIV around, the immune system can stay strong and fight infections.

Treatment not only works against virus in the blood, it also lowers the amount of virus in genital fluids, and this has a huge impact on an individual's infectiousness.

Indeed, some doctors believe that in certain circumstances people taking HIV treatment pose a zero risk of infection to their sex partners.

In January 2008 some senior HIV doctors in Switzerland issued a statement that said that people who've been taking HIV treatment for at least six months, who take their treatment properly, and who don't have any sexually transmitted infections, are never infectious to their monogamous heterosexual partner.

Evidence supporting what's become known as the Swiss Statement comes from studies that showed that there were no HIV transmissions in heterosexual couples when the amount of virus in the blood fell below a certain level.

No replacement

There is a general consensus that anti-HIV drugs can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission.

Just how dramatic the impact of treatment on infectiousness actually is has been hotly debated.

It's been pointed out that there are apparent cases of HIV transmission when a person is taking HIV treatment, despite having undetectable levels of the virus.

However, these are few and far between (although that's likely to be little comfort for the individuals involved).

Overall, HIV treatment resulting in undetectable levels of the virus in the blood is thought to reduce the risk of HIV transmission to the same extent as correct and consistent condom use.


Condoms are "still crucial" to preventing the spread of HIV

That doesn't mean that it is a replacement for condoms or other methods of HIV prevention.

Condoms remain central to the control of the epidemic, not least because sexually transmitted infections can increase the amount of HIV in genital fluids, meaning a person is more infectious.

There is real hope that HIV treatment can make a difference to the spread of the epidemic.

Increasing the number of people on treatment is being advocated as an HIV prevention method in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Getting more people to test for HIV and start treatment at the right time could have a big impact on the number of new infections in the UK, which are among the highest in Europe.

Modern HIV treatment is powerful, can consist of just one pill once-daily, and often causes only mild side-effects.

Taking long-term HIV treatment to help control the epidemic is therefore realistic.

HIV nevertheless remains an extremely serious, life-affecting and potentially life-limiting infection.

Recognising the potential of HIV treatment to prevent infections could slow, even halt the epidemic, and spare people the physical and mental suffering that the infection all too often entails.

It's worth giving it a try.

NIGERIAN ADULT FORUM . NAF

HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009, 12:58:29 AM »
So much research has been and coontinues to be done on finding a cure and vaccine for AIDS.Treatment is now available,but this does not cure the syndrome.But people living with HIV,can now live longer and better quality of live with the drugs in the market.

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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009, 05:51:58 AM »
I believe they will find the cure at the end, but many sufferers will be dead by then.

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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 10:17:01 PM »
Lets hope they find a cure and/or vaccine soon.........The figures are scary 5.5 million in South Africa,5.4 in Indian,5.0million in Nigeria.........etc..........whole communities devoid of their youths...the effects cuts across all facets of life.
HIV/AIDS is a world disaster!!!

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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 05:32:51 AM »
HIV/AIDS really spoil the sex life enjoyment.

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2009, 10:00:27 AM »
That is very true!Gone are the days when one can just jump into bed and have spontaneous sex with anyone.These days you have to be very picky and use condom.sex is no longer fun,but serious business.HIV is a baaaaaaaaaad thing.

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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2010, 12:22:43 PM »
haba! dont join the kill zone

try searching the the net "aids hoax" much to be learnt with an open mind'

as said in kenya, aids is a poverty disease, with good food the imunity is bam!

look at it, malnourished, exposed to malaria, typhoid and all we have here its a wonder we are not all dead.

on the bright side more people die from car accidents and from malaria

as fela said, no folo buk o! look am and go your way!   

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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2010, 12:23:29 AM »
Ignorance and fear I believe are the greatest enermies of the fight against the virus.   If people could go for screening for early detection and treatment, the story would be different.  The virus has succeeded in reducing sexual pleasure

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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2012, 04:02:30 PM »
One has been approved by the FDA for prevention in adults.

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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2012, 03:06:00 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2012, 04:57:20 PM »
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Re: HIV DRUGS COULD STOP VIRUS SPREAD
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2012, 11:48:40 AM »
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