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Hopes dashed.

An anti-herpes drug researchers were counting on to reduce susceptibility to HIV infection doesn't offer any protection, according to results presented at the 15th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections this February.

In the study more than 3,000 participants with herpes simplex virus 2 were given either 400 milligrams of the anti-herpes medication acyclovir or a placebo twice daily. Results showed a 3.9% HIV incidence rate (75 cases) among participants who received acyclovir, compared to a 3.3% HIV incidence rate (64 cases) among the placebo group.

The research was considered particularly important because having herpes, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases worldwide, almost triples a person's odds of acquiring HIV.
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Title Annotation:Health News You Should Know; herpes research counting on to reduce susceptibility to HIV infection
Author:Henneman, Todd
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 8, 2008
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