Treating HIV early may slow spread of virus

LOS ANGELES

The nine-nation study found that treating HIV patients before they are too sick dramatically lowered their chances of spreading the virus to their partners.

Researchers said the study shows the drugs don't just benefit the infected individual. The medicines may also act as a preventative measure by making patients less contagious.

The National Institutes of Health said the findings were so important that they stopped the study four years ahead of schedule to release the news.

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