An immunologist says that the recent recommendation by U.S. health officials that people at risk of getting HIV try to prevent the disease by regularly taking antiretroviral pills will go a long way toward eradicating AIDS.
David Rosenthal, DO, clinical director of the Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has been prescribing these medications to some of his patients and says medical research shows that this medication is beneficial.
“I think it will make a dramatic difference,” Dr. Rosenthal says. “If we can take those patients who know their diagnosis and make sure people are being safe in transmission, I think we can dramatically decrease the incidence of HIV.”
Dr. Rosenthal adds that this medication needs to be used in conjunction with other preventative measures, such as condoms, to decrease the risk of transmission. Several medical studies have shown that people using these medications are at an up-to-92 percent lower risk of contracting HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.