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AIDS pills drastically reduce HIV infection

A once-a-day pill combining two Gilead Sciences AIDS drugs reduced the HIV infection rate by nearly 44 percent in high-risk gay and bisexual men, researchers reported Tuesday.

WASHINGTON – A once-a-day pill combining two Gilead Sciences AIDS drugs reduced the HIV infection rate by nearly 44 percent in high-risk gay and bisexual men, researchers reported Tuesday.

Men who took the pill the most consistently had more than a 70 percent lower risk over two years, the U.S. government study found. It is the first study to show that taking drugs before infection can reduce the risk of HIV transmission and has the potential to be a weapon in the fight against the fatal and incurable virus, the researchers said.

Fauci said the study showed the drug was safe and caused only mild side effects; the men who took it did not develop resistance.

 
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