HIV treatment drug could be effective preventative tool: study (Canadian HIV Trials Network)

A drug used here as part of treatment for people infected with HIV could be used as an effective preventative tool, claim the authors of a new study by the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network.

Popping two Truvada pills the day before sex and a pill each in the two days afterward could reduce the chances of acquiring HIV by 86 percent, according to the study.

“This was a placebo controlled trial, so people in both groups had access to condoms, had access to counselling, and were closely followed for two months,” says the study’s principal investigator Dr. Cecile Tremblay.

Martin MacMahon reports

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