The Beginning Of The End For HIV?
George Hitchings and Gertrude Elion worked together for 30 years designing new drugs and chemotherapies, including work that lead to the development of AZT, the first major medicine for treating HIV/AIDS.
Now 50 years later, two studies published in the journal Science demonstrate that treating HIV-positive patients with anti-retroviral drugs actually stops the spread of the virus throughout a community — and increases the overall life expectancy.
In other words, getting people on HIV drugs lifts up an entire community and is a promising strategy for wiping out the virus entirely.
NPR’s Jason Beaubien explains what the studies found and why they’re so important for public health.
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