An End To Aids Is Finally In Sight, New Study Says

"We could really make headway in eliminating the virus."

A new study found that men with an HIV infection who were treated with antiretroviral drugs would not infect their sexual partner.

The effectiveness of the new medicine means that if everyone with HIV received the medicine, we could successfully stop the spread of the disease. One thousand male couples across Europe where a single partner was infected with HIV and another was not were studied over the course of eight years. In only 15 cases did the health individual contract the disease, and DNA testing found that in each case it was because the person had sex with someone besides their partner, The Guardian reported.


"It's brilliant – fantastic," Alison Rodger, a professor from the University College London who helped lead the study, told The Guardian. "This very much puts this issue to bed... Our findings provide conclusive evidence for gay men that the risk of HIV transmission with suppressive ART [antiretroviral therapy] is zero."

Forty million people are living with HIV globally, according to 2017 estimates. Just over half of those were on the antiretroviral treatment. Experts believe with a push to treat all the living HIV patients, they can stop the spread of and then eradicate the disease. Right now, the biggest issue is knowing who has HIV. Of the one million people in the United States living with HIV, the CDC estimates that one in five don't know they are infected. 

The study was published in The Lancet medical journal.  

"We've got a way to go to get people easier access to testing and treatment, but if we could get global coverage, then we could really make headway in eliminating the virus," Rodger told CNN. "It was such a powerful result that we thought we just improve the quality of life for people with HIV."


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