Absence of transmission from HIV-infected individuals with HAART to their heterosexual serodiscordant partners.

Further studies are needed to evaluate the level of effectiveness and durability of HAART to reduce the risk of HIV sexual transmission in serodiscordant couples having unprotected sexual practices.
A cross-sectional study was conducted with prospective cohort of heterosexual HIV serodiscordant couples where the only risk factor for HIV transmission to the uninfected partner (sexual partner) was the sexual relationship with the infected partner (index case). HIV prevalence in sexual partners at enrolment and seroconversions in follow-up were compared by antiretroviral treatment in the index partner, HIV plasma viral load in index cases and sexual risk exposures in sexual partners. In each visit, an evaluation of the risks for HIV transmission, preventive counselling and screening for genitourinary infections in the sexual partner was performed, as well as the determination of the immunological and virological situation and antiretroviral treatment in the index case.
At enrolment no HIV infection was detected in 202 couples where the index case was taking HAART. HIV prevalence in sexual partners was 9.6% in 491 couples where the index case was not taking antiretroviral treatment (p<0.001). During follow-up there was no HIV seroconversion among 199 partners whose index case was taking HAART, accruing 7600 risky sexual exposures and 85 natural pregnancies. Among 359 couples whose index case was not under antiretroviral treatment, over 13,000 risky sexual exposures and 5 HIV seroconversions of sexual partners were recorded. The percentage of seroconversion among couples having risky sexual intercourse was 2.5 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.1-5.6) when the index case did not undergo antiretroviral treatment and zero (95% CI: 0-3.2) when the index case received HAART.
The risk of sexual transmission of HIV from individuals with HAART to their heterosexual partners can become extremely low.
AuthorsJorge Del Romero, Isabel Río, Jesús Castilla, Begoña Baza, Vanessa Paredes, Mar Vera, Carmen Rodríguez
JournalEnfermedades infecciosas y microbiología clínica (Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin) Vol. 33 Issue 10 Pg. 666-72 (Dec 2015) ISSN: 1578-1852 [Electronic] Spain
PMID25555636 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
CopyrightCopyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U.

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