Thursday, November 15, 2007

HSV-2 drugs prevent HIV transmission

Researchers published a study today indicating that drugs used to suppress herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) also decrease the infectiousness of HIV by decreasing levels of the virus found in blood and rectal secretions. It has been shown that HSV-2 outbreaks increase replication of the HIV virus in the body and can usually increase infectiousness. The study reveals a promising strategy for prevention of HIV transmission, and can delay the initiation of anti-retroviral therapy in HIV patients. More research in this area has yet to be done.



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