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Further research needed to support a policy of antiretroviral therapy as an HIV prevention initiative

Alison J Rodger, Tina Bruun, Pietro Vernazza, Simon Collins, Vicente Estrada, Jan Van Lunzen, Giulio M Corbelli, Andrew N Phillips, Jens D Lundgren, the PARTNER Study Group

Corresponding author name: Alison J Rodger
Corresponding author e-mail: alison.rodger@ucl.ac.uk

Citation: Antiviral Therapy 2013; 18:285-287
doi: 10.3851/IMP2609

Date accepted: 29 November 2012
Date published online: 24 April 2013


The results from the HPTN 052 trial have increased the focus on use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for prevention of HIV transmission; however, condom use also effectively prevents HIV transmission. Studies in heterosexual serodiscordant couples with viral suppression have so far only reported follow-up data for 330 couple-years when condoms were not being used. Data are even more limited for anal sex in men who have sex with men. Additional data on the effectiveness of ART as prevention when practicing condom-less sex is urgently needed.


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