A study involving researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is showing great promise in ending the world’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dr. Susan Swindells is the Terry K. Watanabe Professor and Medical Director of the HIV Clinic at UNMC and tells us an article was published in the latest New England Journal of Medicine. That publication called this research the scientific breakthrough of the year.
Dr. Swindells says they recruited over 1,700 couples with one having HIV. Those that started the treatment plan immediately saw a 97% success rate in preventing the spread of HIV to their partner. She says this is by far the most effective prevention we’ve ever seen and much better than behavior change, the use of condoms and what they’ve been able to do with vaccines.
Dr. Swindells says however, there are drawbacks. This treatment is complicated and costly and that could prevent getting the drugs to countries without a public health infrastructure or lacking in medical professionals.
Again, Dr. Swindells says there are still hurdles to cross as the treatment is expensive and it will take political and financial support but it could mark the end of HIV/AIDS.
There are currently an estimated 40-million people infected with HIV and less than half of them have access to the drugs.