- Category: HIV Prevention
- Published on Monday, 08 July 2013 00:00
- Written by Gregory Fowler
Gay men who started antiretroviral treatment during acute HIV infection achieved good viral load suppression in both blood and semen, and also reported reduced sexual risk behavior, researchers reported at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) this week in Kuala Lumpur.
[Eugene Kroon speaks at IAS 2013 press conference, Kuala Lumpur, July 3, 2013]
In addition to early antiretroviral therapy, study participants also received risk-reduction counseling and condoms. Detection and control during acute infection "may be potential HIV prevention measures to help reduce the spread of HIV in this population," suggested Eugene Kroon from the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center.
Kroon summarized his findings for the media at a press conference preceding his late-breaker presentation.
F van Griensven, N Phanuphak, EDMB Kroon, et al. Acute HIV infection detection and control reduces HIV infectiousness and transmission risk behavior among men who have sex with men in Bangkok, Thailand. 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013). Kuala Lumpur, June 30-July 3, 2013. Abstract WELBC03.