News Focus17TH CONFERENCE ON RETROVIRUSES AND OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS, 16-19 FEBRUARY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Treatment as Prevention

Science  05 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5970, pp. 1196-1197
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5970.1196-b

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Summary

An ambitious idea to slow the HIV/AIDS epidemic is gaining traction: Test everyone for the virus and immediately start all HIV-infected people on treatment. But the test-and-treat scheme has epidemic modelers battling it out, with some insisting it's feasible, both financially and practically, and others denouncing it as a pipe dream and warning that it could increase drug resistance. At the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, two groups presented some of the firmest data yet to support the concept.

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