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Study: AIDS Drug Cuts Infections Among Drug Users




 

A new study shows that giving injecting drug users a daily AIDS drug cut the rate of HIV cases by nearly one half.

The four-year study, published in the medical journal Lancet, was carried out on 2,400 drug users in Thailand -- addicts who inject themselves with drugs such as heroin.

Among those who took a daily dose of the AIDS drug tenofovir, 17 developed HIV, compared to 33 patients who took a placebo.

Previous tests with tenofovir were also successful in cutting the HIV rate among homosexuals and heterosexual couples where one of the partners was HIV positive.



 


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Information in this article was accurate in June 12, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.