One of the most recently discovered viruses in the world has also proved to be deadliest. Found in 1981, the HIV virus has claimed more than 35 million lives already. It was said to be an incurable condition, but not all hope may be lost. Scientists have developed a new drug that may be the answer to stopping this global epidemic.
In a landmark study, the researchers at the University College London have discovered that antiretrovirals which suppress HIV infection in men actually eradicated the chances of them infecting sexual partners. Basically, if someone can be fully treated with the drug, there would never be any further spread of the virus!
Their study consisted of 1000 male couples across Europe. One partner with HIV was receiving the treatment to suppress their infection. Out of those 1000 couples, not one showed an instance where the virus was passed on to their partner. 15 men, however, did contract HIV but that determined to be through sex with someone other than their partner.
Even though previous studies have shown similar results, this one proves that HIV infections can be suppressed through medication.
In 2017, more than 40 Million people were tested as HIV positive, and yet most people still are hesitant to get tested. With this drug, the scientists hope to put an end to the virus and eradicate AIDS entirely.