Potential new HIV Therapy

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    Feb 18, 2015 8:20 PM GMT
  • rockjockCA

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    Feb 19, 2015 12:29 AM GMT
    Sulla's link provides a link to Nature which provides a fairly technical description of the research for those who enjoy Molecular Biology. Here is the Scripps Institute's press release
    (the team leader is at Scripps) and another fairly readable account is on:
  • Eli_jah

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    Feb 19, 2015 12:39 AM GMT
    I've always wondered what would be developed first, a vaccine or a cure, and the vaccine just seems to be more plausible at this point.

    I think this is incredible. PReP/PeP, now this, great developments.
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    Feb 20, 2015 2:03 AM GMT
  • starboard5

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    Feb 20, 2015 2:57 AM GMT
    Sounds amazing. But I believe it was only tested on 4 rhesus monkeys so far. Human trials await.
  • metta

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    Feb 20, 2015 6:58 PM GMT
    New Compound Totally Blocks HIV


    AAV-expressed eCD4-Ig provides durable protection
    from multiple SHIV challenges


    Molecule Shows Ability to Block AIDS Virus

    Approach has yet to be tested in humans but could lead to new treatments and a vaccine
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    Feb 21, 2015 6:38 PM GMT
    We live in extraordinary times.

    Already we have very effective treatments and preventions with ART Therapy and PrEP.

    It doesn't take long for stigma to raise it's ugly head:

    "I got an idea, keep your pecker in your own pants and needles out of your arm and then maybe there will be no need for a "break through"."

    "One of the best and cheapest ways to control the virus that causes AIDS is sexual behavior modification. Are they teaching that in our public schools?
    I would rather see funding for the research of AIDS treatment go towards other important diseases, that people have less control over, as money is finite."

    Gene Therapy will be no different as shown from the comments above.

    This is very early. I can only be cautiously optimistic.....and wait for human trials, scientific papers, peer reviews, etc. to confirm results. There have been many hopeful 'cures' that haven't panned out.