An injection of two drugs normally used to treat HIV patients completely protected monkeys from becoming infected with the AIDS virus, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. While it is too early to tell whether people can pop a pill and escape infection, the study provides the strongest evidence yet that it might be possible, the researchers said.
NIH Warns AIDS Patients Against Stopping Therapy – WashingtonPost.com
People infected with the AIDS virus who periodically interrupt their drug treatment run a higher risk of falling ill and dying of both AIDS and other diseases compared with people who stay on the medicines.
That is the conclusion of the largest and most expensive AIDS treatment study ever conducted, and it comes as a surprise and bitter disappointment to thousands of people who flocked to it in hopes of finding a way around lifelong use of the drug combinations.
Just over half of new infections with the AIDS virus in the United States are in blacks, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
A study of detailed data from 33 states shows that of 156,000 new cases of HIV infection between 2001 and 2004, 51 percent were in non-Hispanic blacks — although blacks made up just 13 percent of the population in those states.