A monthly injection of antiretroviral treatment may be enough to keep the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) at bay for those who are carriers of the disease.
According to a study released at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science, this treatment can replace taking one pill a day
Presented in Paris by a scientist from the University of North Carolina, Joseph Eron, this study suggests that HIV patients with viral suppression respond well to injections whether they are administered every four weeks or every eight weeks.
Currently, even though the disease cannot be completely eliminated in an individual, people who have HIV must take a pill each day for the virus to remain undetected and to prevent its transmission. “For some people who are HIV positive, a long-lasting injectable shot may be more comfortable and have less of a stigma than current treatment, which may increase the rates of patients adhering to their treatment plans,” the authors of this article write, which has already been tested on several hundred people. Read also: Hope and managing HIV (article in Spanish).
It is essential for this medication be taken consistently. If it is not, viruses that are resistant to antiretroviral drugs may appear. The co-president of the IAS Conference, Jean-François Delfraissy, also mentioned the possibility of treating HIV patients with patches, “…that have the ability to act for weeks,” as well as use these alternatives as preventative measures.
According to recent data provided by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), 36.7 million people are currently infected with HIV, 53% of which have access to antiretroviral medications.
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