Methadone Reduces Risk Of Spreading HIV; Regular Testing & Early Treatment Can Eradicate The Disease By 2030? (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
The announcement during the AIDS conference in Vancouver last month may not be new to everybody. Despite the lack of proof, many believed that early treatment for HIV is better compared to a delayed one.
Today, the proof is within everybody's grasp — annual checkup and early treatment — according to The Guardian. What's even better is, a recent research study suggests that Methadone, the drug that prevents withdrawal from opioids like heroin, can reduce the risk of spreading the disease.
Dr. Keith Ahamad, with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said that HIV infections are rising in areas where methadone treatment is illegal or only prescribed in specialized clinics.
Alex Cruz reports
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer