Studies Show Daily Pills Help Curb Risk of Contracting HIV
Two recent studies on HIV transmission among heterosexual couples found that taking daily pills as pre-exposure prophylaxis can reduce the risk that an HIV-negative individual will contract HIV from a partner with the disease. The first study, conducted by researchers from the University of Washington, found that HIV-negative partners who took a daily dose of Gilead Sciences' Truvada had a 73% lower chance of contracting HIV. The second study, conducted by CDC researchers, found that HIV-negative partners who took Truvada had a 62% lower chance of contracting the disease.
- "Pills Found To Be Highly Effective in Preventing HIV Transmission" (Maugh, Los Angeles Times, 7/13).
- "Two Studies Show Pills Can Prevent HIV Infection" (McNeil, New York Times, 7/13).