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Drug cocktails can stop sexual transmission of HIV - can HSV be far behind?


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I just saw this article and thought I would post it here:

Groundbreaking research conducted at UNC-Chapel Hill has demonstrated that potent drug cocktails can disable HIV to the point that the deadly virus can’t be transmitted to other people through sexual activity.

The findings were announced Monday by AIDS researcher Myron Cohen at the eigthInternational AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Cohen, UNC’s chief of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, has headed the global research project for a decade and studied more than 1,700 couples.

The significance of the research findings is that AIDS medications, when used consistently, can break the chain of HIV transmission, with the potential to eradicate the virus when all infected people die natural deaths. For the foreseeable future, however, such a medical strategy will disproportionately benefit industrialized countries whose residents have wider, though far from universal, access to modern health care.

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http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/health-care/article27928615.html

JB

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Just to clarify - individuals who are HIV positive have been given a drug cocktail for years now, which effectively puts their viral load levels low enough to prevent transmission. In summary, this is not new.

Here's a story of a man who happens to be HIV +, but who has had a family - and they are all HIV-

http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/arizona-man-shares-his-story-as-an-hiv-positive-man-with-an-hiv-negative-family-1.3083589

What this article IS telling us, is that this study further confirms ART's efficacy.

Excellent article - its important to spread news like this around, to help remove the stigma of HIV and STDs in general. There is life after diagnosis. It's possible, and people need to be responsible.

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I just saw this article and thought I would post it here:

Groundbreaking research conducted at UNC-Chapel Hill has demonstrated that potent drug cocktails can disable HIV to the point that the deadly virus can’t be transmitted to other people through sexual activity.

The findings were announced Monday by AIDS researcher Myron Cohen at the eigthInternational AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Cohen, UNC’s chief of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, has headed the global research project for a decade and studied more than 1,700 couples.

The significance of the research findings is that AIDS medications, when used consistently, can break the chain of HIV transmission, with the potential to eradicate the virus when all infected people die natural deaths. For the foreseeable future, however, such a medical strategy will disproportionately benefit industrialized countries whose residents have wider, though far from universal, access to modern health care.

Here is a link to the article:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/health-care/article27928615.html

JB

Thank God we if we believe in Jesus give him praise; however, if we do not it is okay that the scientists and whoever bestowed the knowledge.

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Yea, but the anti virals for HSV aren't anywhere near that effective. They top out at a reduction of 60% reduction in viral load. Which means you are still shedding and contagious.

While they are searching for vaccines, they seem to not care about finding new anti virals , as pharma and most HSV sufferers are happy with existing anti virals.

There's that one Japanese pill thats coming out that is more effective, but I don't know if anyone outside of Japan will ever even get access to that. And still, it's far more effective, but it doesn't stop shedding. It doesn't seem like there are any other anti virals being searched for, or in development.

The existing ones have been around since the 70s I believe. 45 years, and as far as I can tell there is no urgency to find new ones. Makes sense. Why spend billions on a new drug that may or may not work, when you already have existing ones that are effective enough for most?

But there will eventually be a vaccine that should be very effective, I think. Seems like a lot is going on, on that front.

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