Studies Hold Promise for AIDS Prevention

A clinician in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) performs an HIV test. Last week, researchers revealed that findings from two new studies were able to prevent HIV infections in monkeys.

James Pursey/DRC

In case you missed it, last week the New York Times reported on two new studies that have successfully prevented HIV-infections in monkeys.

Separate teams from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Rockefeller University  injected monkeys with a long-lasting antiretroviral (ARV) medication before exposing them to a virus that mimics the markers of AIDS. In both studies, the monkeys that received the long-lasting ARVs remained uninfected, while those who received the placebo were infected quickly.

The findings were presented last week during the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. 

For more information on the studies, check out the original article in the  New York Times.

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