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Drug Rids Infected Cells Permanently Of HIV [Pic+]

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Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Saturday, September 28, 2013 6:00:32 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).

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Saturday, September 28, 2013 5:55:40 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.

747Pilot
Male, 18-29, Canada
 567 Posts
Saturday, September 28, 2013 6:19:39 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...

Kain1
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1463 Posts
Saturday, September 28, 2013 3:55:28 AM
*Great news!

Tiredofnicks
Male, 30-39, Europe
 4543 Posts
Saturday, September 28, 2013 3:02:33 AM
drat yeah, science.

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 3931 Posts
Saturday, September 28, 2013 2:45:59 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.

Koliup
Male, 13-17, Western US
 21 Posts
Saturday, September 28, 2013 1:36:39 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.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33696 Posts
Friday, September 27, 2013 8:19:15 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.

Evil_Eye
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1433 Posts
Friday, September 27, 2013 5:39:32 PM
Research has yet to be performed on people.

But good to be hopeful!

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4158 Posts
Friday, September 27, 2013 4:05:56 PM
Link: Drug Rids Infected Cells Permanently Of HIV [Pic+] [Rate Link] - Good news


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