A new study by scientists found that treatment can prevent the s****l transmission of the HIV virus. The research, which involved more than 1,000 male couples across Europe, found no cases of transmission over the space of eight years.
The researchers believe that using antiretroviral therapy can suppress the AIDS virus to undetectable levels. It also revealed in the cases studied that the virus was not passed via s*x. One of each couple had been HIV positive and was receiving antiretroviral therapy.
The scientists now believe that there is the hope of preventing the spread of HIV through treatments, and the virus can soon be eliminated.
Alison Rodger, the leader of the research and a professor at the University College London, said that the findings provide conclusive evidence that the risk of HIV transmission for gay men with suppressive Anti-Retroviral Treatments (ART) is zero. This, they believe, could help end the viral pandemic.
The researchers also estimate that the ART treatment had prevented around 472 HIV transmissions during the eight-year period. The study assessed the risk of HIV transmission between gay male couples that were “serodifferent”. That is a situation where one partner was HIV positive and the other negative and do not use condoms.
The scientists then revealed that the HIV transmission risk of serodifferent heterosexual couples in the same circumstances also had zero risks.
The AIDS epidemic, which started in the 1980s, has had more than 77 million people infected. About 35.4 million of these people have died from the virus. Health experts say the fight against the viral disease is at an all-time high. The number of people getting antiretroviral treatment has risen. This is because the number of infected people has increased by about 1.8 million new cases a year globally.