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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 10:00am

CDC Finds HIV Prevention Drug

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has found a drug with a 63 percent success rate in preventing the HIV virus among heterosexual couples.

The high success rate appeared in clinical trials in Botswana, during which HIV-negative participants were given a daily drug known as Truduva.

In a separate study in Kenya and Uganda, the University of Washington found that the combination of Truduva and the drug Viread can prevent the spread of HIV between couples where one partner is infected and one is not.

According to the most recent numbers available, in 2009 there were over 40,000 people living in Georgia with HIV/AIDS.

74 percent of HIV cases diagnosed in 2009 were among African-Americans, who only make up 30 percent of Georgia’s current population.

Most reported cases in Georgia in 2009 involved males and females who had no identified risk before contracting the virus.

The CDC says that these findings are very exciting, because two different studies show that PrEP can work for prevention in heterosexuals.

The CDC plans to discuss these findings in further detail at the International AIDS Society Conference on July 20th.

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