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.

Sign Up for the Black Doctor Newsletter!

 

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.