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HIV Prevention Linked With Decreased STD Rates

The study reviewed data collected from 868 different anti-HIV projects that included over 500,000 female sex workers in India.

They found that over the course of the study between 2003 and 2008 levels of syphilis dropped by as much as 40 percent while the population has access to HIV prevention methods:

"We not only have to prevent HIV, but also other infections like syphilis. Prevention among sex workers can reduce various infections, and prompt treatment of sexually transmitted infections is particularly important," said lead researcher Paul Arora.

Peer reviewer Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine added:

"This vital study is a reminder that governments must invest in prevention, and that even modest amounts of funding that reach the most at risk groups can yield big reductions in HIV and other infections."