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HIV/AIDS

15 November 2010

ART patients defy risky sex expectations

Fears that antiretroviral therapy might lead healthier-feeling HIV-positive people to have more sex and potentially infect others may be unfounded.

Fears that antiretroviral therapy might lead healthier-feeling HIV-positive people to have more sex and potentially infect others may be unfounded, according to a new South African study, which recorded patients having significantly less sex as well as safer sex after starting treatment.

"We actually weren't expecting to see these huge reductions," said one of the study's co-authors, Neil Martinson of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. "I think we were expecting to see that people who regained their health would start engaging in more sexual activity rather than less."

 

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