Study Suggests New HIV Medication Protects Against Herpes

Study Suggests New HIV Medication Tenofovir Protects Against HerpesStudy suggests new HIV medication may also protect against the herpes virus. This new discovery was a result of a trial which included participants who took the new HIV medication tenofovir in order to prevent HIV infection. Tenofovir is a medication which has been shown to lower the risk of HIV contraction by 75 percent. After further investigation the drug also proved to reduce the risk of herpes contraction. The results of the new study are published in the July 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The added advantage of the medication is believed to be beneficial for couples where only of the partners has HIV. The study was conducted by Connie Celum, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her colleagues. They took 4,747 heterosexual partners in Kenya and Uganda who were seronegative for HIV-1 and HSV-2, but at high risk for HIV-1 acquisition due to having an infected partner. They followed the partners from July of 2008 to November 2010.

After the initial discovery, subgroup analyses were performed that showed tenofovir was effective against the herpes virus as well. They tested this by analyzing samples taken from the last study follow-up against couples who were free of the herpes virus at the beginning of the trial. The study revealed 33 percent of those exposed to the herpes virus while taking the HIV drug did not contract the virus.

Researchers reported 98 percent of the medication bottles were returned with a combined 96 percent of the medication having been taken. This showed that participants were careful to stick to their treatments as prescribed. The high rate of adherence to the study along with the high rate of avoided infections indicates that tenofovir may be the most effective protection available for couples where at least one is at high risk for exposure.

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By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

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