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21 August 2012

Three-quarters of clinicians in the US willing to prescribe early HIV treatment for the purpose of prevention

via, by Michael Carter

There is an overwhelming consensus among clinicians who prescribe HIV treatment in the US that people who are taking antiretroviral therapy are less likely to transmit HIV to their sexual partners, according to results of a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Results also showed that over three-quarters of care providers would be willing to prescribe early therapy to people with an HIV-negative partner for the purposes of prevention.

The study involved 165 prescribing clinicians working at HIV clinics in the Bronx, New York, and Washington DC. It was conducted in 2010 and 2011, well before the publication of the results of the HPTN 052 study in the summer of 2012, which showed that virologically suppressive HIV treatment reduced the risk of transmission by 96%. US HIV treatment guidelines were updated in 2012 to endorse early treatment to reduce the risk of transmission.

“This survey of HIV clinicians in two US cities found most clinicians believe that ART [antiretroviral therapy] can reduce HIV transmission, even before the results of HPTN 052 demonstrated ART to be effective for this purpose, and before 2012 treatment guideline changes recommending ART for patients at risk for HIV transmission,” write the authors.

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