Drug Rids Infected Cells Permanently Of HIV [Pic+]

Submitted by: drawman61 3 years ago in Science

Good news
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Male 12,365
[quote]If it works it`s good news, but still, the way our culture is going in this casual sex society, it wouldn`t surprise me if something even worse is just around the corner...[/quote]

Probably...but advances in medicine will also be just around the corner.

The problem is that germs can evolve a great deal faster than medical researchers can innovate. The current approaches are an arms race with the odds hugely stacked against humans. We`re staying ahead, but at best it`s a defensive action until a new approach is found (which is a possibility - several are being developed, e.g. medical nanobots).
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Male 12,365
[quote]Let us hope that the drug companies get their sith together quickly on this one and don`t treat it as a cash-cow.[/quote]

A quick check shows that ciclopirox is a generic drug and therefore not viable as a cash cow. Any drug company can make generic drugs.

They will probably try, though, and probably succeed to some extent. For example, ibuprofen is a generic drug here. You can buy 300mg ibuprofen tablets at 30p for 16 each or you can buy 300mg ibuprofen tablets in a box with a well known brand name at up to 10 times the cost...and many people do, despite the fact that it`s the same dose of the same drug, maybe even made in the same factory.

It`s worth noting that this is not a potential cure for HIV. It`s a potential suppressant, same as the current antiviral drugs, because it doesn`t reach the reservoirs of the virus. It`s also worth noting that it`s untested in humans, which is a very important distinction.
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Male 1,454
If it works it`s good news, but still, the way our culture is going in this casual sex society, it wouldn`t surprise me if something even worse is just around the corner...
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Male 1,471
*Great news!
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Male 5,094
drat yeah, science.
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Male 5,874
Hope for millions! Let us hope that the drug companies get their sith together quickly on this one and don`t treat it as a cash-cow.
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Male 21
@Gerry1of1
Sure we have. We`ve eliminated Smallpox, thereby curing humanity of it. Polio is also almost unheard of in developed countries.
It`s hard, but we can permanently cure a virus or bacterial infection by beating it to death.
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Male 38,750

It would be nice if it were true, but the reality is we have never cured a virus. Vaccines prevent, and treatments heal, but we`ve never "cured" a virus. Tough buggers.

But I hope it`s true. I`ve seen a lot of "cures" going back to when it was called GRID not HIV. But one keeps hope alive.
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