Study finds long-acting shot helps women avoid HIV infection

(AP) — A new study suggests a shot of an experimental medicine every two months works better than daily pills to help keep women from catching HIV.

Monday’s news is a boon for AIDS prevention efforts, especially in Africa, where the study took place. Results suggest that the drug was 89% more effective at preventing infection than the pills, although both reduce that risk.

The results mirror those announced earlier this year from a similar study in gay men. The latest study involved more than 3,200 participants in seven African countries.

Independent monitors advised stopping the study early because of the results so far.

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