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  1. It _won’t_ be the end of AIDS, because the pharmaceutical companies will charge so much for the drugs that only wealthy first-worlders will be able to afford them.

  2. The story is based on a research article, [Risk of HIV transmission through condomless sex in serodifferent gay couples with the HIV-positive partner taking suppressive antiretroviral therapy (PARTNER): final results of a multicentre, prospective, observational study](https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30418-0/fulltext), publishes in *The Lancet*.

    Key results summary:

    > Our results provide a similar level of evidence on viral suppression and HIV transmission risk for gay men to that previously generated for heterosexual couples and suggest that the risk of HIV transmission in gay couples through condomless sex when HIV viral load is suppressed is effectively zero. Our findings support the message of the U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable) campaign, and the benefits of early testing and treatment for HIV.

    Which is great news. That said, not sure I love the headline of the Guardian story. End to AIDS is probably a far ways off. Stopping transmission in consenting homosexual couples in wealthy European countries, is a far ways from ending AIDS. Drugs can only work is people can access them, afford them and decide to use them. So while this is a great result, I suspect we still have a ways to go.

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