HIV transmission occurs with 1 in 900 sex acts

HealthDiseases and IllnessesUniversity of Washington

You thought he was going to die. 20-years later Magic's still ticking and a recent study by the University of Washington in Seattle may tell us why.  

Research in sub-Saharan Africa is giving scientists a new look at the HIV epidemic; and there's optimism in view of the drugs used to fight the disease.

Researchers watched couples in which one partner was infected with the virus and the other was not. The results suggest that people were more likely to become infected by someone who has "recently" acquired the disease than someone who's been HIV positive for a while and taking meds.

The reason: medication may be keeping the virus at low levels in the bloodstream.

The study suggests you have a 1 in 900 chance of getting HIV from someone who's positive and getting their 'scripts at the pharmacy.

In short: it looks like the drugs are working.

The study also gave us stuff we already know: condoms reduced the spread of the virus most of the time.

By the way, the findings only apply to heterosexual couples. 

But as long the researchers keep at it, and news like this continues to come along, there is hope that one day we'll whip this thing once and for all.

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