Fighting HIV/AIDS – From A Different Angle


New study reveals that people living with HIV can reduce the risk of transmission by up to 96%

The conventional method of fighting HIV/AIDS has mostly been from a ‘prevention is better than cure’ perspective. Whole health policies, in almost all countries in the world, have been drafted and implemented to concentrate on preventing HIV infection– until now.

New findings have been revealed that indicate that the chances of sexually transmitting the HIV virus to a healthy partner can be reduced by almost 96% if the infected partner strictly follows an early anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regimen1. This is a unique and very effective way of fighting HIV/AIDS. Methods like abstinence, being faithful and using a condom (together known as the ‘ABC’ methods) have been used in the past to curb the disease before it infects more people. But now even infected people can help in the fight.

The research was conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network, an international collaboration of clinical trials, and funded partially by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).Studies were done across 13 sites in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America.

Dr. Catherine Hankins, Chief Scientific Advisor for UNAIDS in Geneva said “This is ground breaking because it looks at it from the other side. So, it looks at not “Can I take a drug that would prevent me getting HIV infection?” but “Could I start on drugs that would prevent me from transmitting to other people?”

The results of this study put an emphasis on one vital aspect: the importance of continuing to provide ARV drugs therapy to people living with HIV/AIDS. With the world in a recession, some countries have cut back on the provision of the drugs2. The study conducted shows that ensuring the continuity of supplies will have greater paybacks in the long run.

For people living with HIV/AIDS, this is really good news. Being able to add one more way of fighting HIV/AIDS will give them a little more peace of mind while strengthening family values and ties. At the same time, by reducing overall transmission rates, this will also help ensure continuity of generations by reducing the chance of children being born with HIV. This is one way that they too can help in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

1 – HIV Prevention Trials Network: http://www.hptn.org/web%20documents/PressReleases/HPTN052PressReleaseFINAL5_12_118am.pdf

2 – VOA: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/decapua-aids-prevention-12may11-121720889.html

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2 Responses to “Fighting HIV/AIDS – From A Different Angle”

  1. Yodit Tesfaye says:

    Very informative and excellently elaborated article. My appreciation to the writer Liku Zelleke.

  2. Liku Zelleke says:

    Hi Yodit,

    thank you for the very kind words.

    Liku Z.

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