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“Science freed me and caught the culprit responsible,” Bloodsworth told a AAAS audience. He spoke at a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, which also paid tribute to the late Andrew Sessler, an accelerator physicist and humanitarian.

A small sample of genital secretions from a heterosexual person with HIV can reveal the odds of that person transmitting the disease to a partner, reports a new study in the 6 April issue of Science Translational Medicine.

“Our study is the first to show that the quantity of HIV in a genital sample predicts the risk of HIV transmission. The results add tremendous weight to 20 years of genital HIV research,” said lead author Jared Baeten, assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington in Seattle.