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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:43 pm    Post subject: Scientists claim HIV patients can become 'non-infectious' Reply with quote

It has been reported that Swiss scientists are claiming that with proper treatment HIV patients can be made non-infectious.

"The statement's headline statement says that 'after review of the medical literature and extensive discussion,' the Swiss Federal Commission for HIV / AIDS resolves that, 'An HIV-infected person on antiretroviral therapy with completely suppressed viraemia ("effective ART") is not sexually infectious, i.e. cannot transmit HIV through sexual contact.'"

From the article:

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Swiss HIV experts have produced the first-ever consensus statement to say that HIV-positive individuals on effective antiretroviral therapy and without sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are sexually non-infectious. The statement is published in this week’s Bulletin of Swiss Medicine (Bulletin des médecins suisses). The statement also discusses the implications for doctors; for HIV-positive people; for HIV prevention; and the legal system.

...It goes on to say that this statement is valid as long as:

* the person adheres to antiretroviral therapy, the effects of which must be evaluated regularly by the treating physician, and
* the viral load has been suppressed (< 40 copies/ml) for at least six months, and
* there are no other sexually transmitted infections.

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