Drug nearly eliminates risk of HIV transmission when taken as needed (Dr. Robert Hogg)

An antiretroviral drug is showing promise in the fight to eliminate AIDS by drastically reducing the odds of contracting HIV when taken before and after sex.

According to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine on World AIDS Day Tuesday, study participants who took the antiretroviral drug Truvada prior to, and following sex were 86 per cent less likely to contact the virus compared to those who took a placebo.

“Using antiretroviral therapy reduces the amount of virus in that person as much possible so they cannot transmit (HIV),” Robert Hogg of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS told CTV News Channel on Tuesday.

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