Science names UNC HIV prevention study Breakthrough of the Year

Posted December 22, 2011

— An HIV prevention study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Medicine has been named the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science.

The study found that early treatment with antiretroviral therapy reduced HIV transmission by at least 96 percent.

“From the time the first AIDS drugs were developed in the mid-1990s, our UNC team of virologists, pharmacologists and physicians has been working on the idea that antiretrovirals might make people less contagious,” Myron Cohen, UNC professor of medicine, microbiology and epidemiology, said in a statement. “By 2000, the UNC study team thought the idea was strong enough to try to prove it."

The study was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.


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  • colleenjanel Dec 27, 2011

    missy01, monogamy is no guarantee either. Just ask anyone who contracted HIV from a cheating spouse/significant other.

  • missy01 Dec 22, 2011

    Abstinence, monogamy, and no drug use is a pretty good prevention.

  • mfarmer1 Dec 22, 2011

    This HIV has been going on way too long, I think it stunted my sexuality in the 80's. They should have gotten something to work by now.