This is promising.
A new study reveals that an AIDS drug used to treat HIV can also be used to prevent the deadly virus among heterosexual men and women.
The study involved 4,758 heterosexual couples in Uganda and Kenya, in which one partner was HIV positive and one was negative. When taking the drug Truvada, there was a 78% reduction in HIV risk as opposed to those who were taking placebos.
There were 13 HIV infections among those on Truvada, 18 for those who took Viread (another pill to treat HIV) and 47 on the fake pills.
Dr. Lynn Paxton of the CDC said, "This is a good day for HIV prevention."
Good day, indeed! It's a huge step, but still still a small victory in the war against AIDS and HIV. Although, with a promising breakthrough such as this one, we remain hopeful.
[Image via AP Images.]