UN health chiefs hail news that HIV drugs can prevent transmission of the disease

The results of a groundbreaking trial show that if a person with HIV takes anti-retroviral drugs, the risk of transmitting the disease to a sexual partner can be reduced by 96 per cent.

 UNAIDS/Oliver O\'Hanlon

Woman receiving life-saving HIV drugs

The results have been welcomed by UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation (WHO),

The trial, conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network, involved more than 1700 couples, where one partner was HIV-positive and the other uninfected.

Professor Sten Vermund, from the HIV Prevention Trials Network, said the results could have a big impact on halting the spread of HIV:

“If we could roll out therapy to a larger number of people we believe that we could reduce the number of new transmissions, so not only could we benefit persons for their own sake, but we could reduce the number of transmissions.”

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