Daily pill helps to prevent HIV infection

UNAIDS and WHO hail new results showing that a once-daily pill for HIV-negative people can prevent them from acquiring HIV

A new pill has shown to be effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV by 73%.

The study was done by the University of Washington.

It involved over 4700 couples in Kenya and Uganda, where one partner had HIV and the other did not.

Both the World Health Organization and the UN organisation, UNAIDS, are hailing the study as a breakthrough.

Dr. Catherine Hankins is UNAIDS Chief Scientific Adviser.

"This is exciting; it certainly helps with the goal that was signed onto at the high level meeting and the political declaration in June to reduce sexual transmission by 50% by 2015. We've got our work cut out for us, but now we have an additional tool that can be used."

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