Wow that is definitely pretty cool. Especially because the bee venom is specific to HIV-infected cells and not healthy cells. It also uses a physical mechanism rather than something that acts on a receptor like the drugs currently on market so HIV can't even develop resistance to it!
Using the vaginal gel would be great as a preventative measure...especially when one feels that the condom isn't enough. They should make one for us as well haha. I think I'm definitely more fascinated about injecting it intravenously and theoretically clearing out HIV from the bloodstream... although that shit is going to be ridiculously expensive. I think my only concern about this bee venom is if the patient is hypersensitive to it; but, pre-screening can always be done to detect that...
I'm hoping that whatever drug is developed with this toxin shows significant promise in Phase 1 clinical trials and the FDA allows them to skip Phase 2 and go straight onto 3...just like with the successful cancer drugs that are developed.
Definitely going to look into this more...#PharmacyNerdProblems