Herpes Drug Reduces HIV Levels Even Without Herpes

March 15, 2015 7:26 AM

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Herpes Drug Reduces HIV Levels Even Without Herpes

Valacyclovir may reduce levels of HIV in patients without genital herpes, a National Institutes of Health study has found. Findings are published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

This is the first study to demonstrate that valacyclovir, an antiviral to treat genital herpes, does not require the presence of herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) to suppress HIV. Researchers treated 18 HIV-infected patients, all without an HSV-2 infection, with valacyclovir or placebo for 12 weeks. Afte...

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