Herpes Drug Might Help Control Spread of HIV, Too

HIV AIDS pills(HealthDay News) — A widely used herpes drug also seems to help people with the HIV virus, even if those people don’t also have herpes, a new small study found.

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The researchers said their findings challenge the belief that drug Valtrex (valacyclovir) requires the presence of herpes to benefit people with HIV-1. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

The study included 18 HIV patients in Peru. When patients took Valtrex twice daily for two weeks, they had decreases in HIV-1 levels. Patients taking a placebo saw their HIV levels go up.