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Promising new AIDS research taking place at University of Colorado Hospital

AURORA, Colo. -- Doctors are performing promising new research related to AIDS at University of Colorado Hospital.

They will soon begin testing a new drug that prevents people exposed to HIV from becoming infected.

An estimated 34 million people are living with AIDS around the world.

A man who did not want to reveal his identity is part of a study with the AIDS Clinical Trials Group to test  experimental drugs at the hospital.

"Getting on medication was very vital and very important for my health," he told us "And since I've been put on medication I'm perfectly healthy."

The latest drug would prevent at-risk patients exposed to the disease from contracting the virus.

"It's not a vaccine its a medication that is used to prevent infection,"  said Dr. Tom Campbell the Medical Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Center, "So it's still a pill, which has to be taken everyday while someone is at risk."

The CTRC is part of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI).