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Date: 09/27/13 04:05 PM

10 Responses to Drug Rids Infected Cells Permanently Of HIV [Pic+]

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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    September 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm
    Link: Drug Rids Infected Cells Permanently Of HIV - Good news
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    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
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    September 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm
    Research has yet to be performed on people.

    But good to be hopeful!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    September 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    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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    Koliup Male 13-17
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    September 28, 2013 at 1:36 am
    @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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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    September 28, 2013 at 2:45 am
    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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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    September 28, 2013 at 3:02 am
    drat yeah, science.
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    Kain1 Male 18-29
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    September 28, 2013 at 3:55 am
    *Great news!
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    747Pilot Male 18-29
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    September 28, 2013 at 6:19 am
    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm
    Let us hope that the drug companies get their sith together quickly on this one and don`t treat it as a cash-cow.

    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    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...

    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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