Possible cure AIDS? The possible cure AIDS.An international study, with Spanish participation was able to develop a new drug to slow the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), from the beginning, leaving undeveloped the dreaded AIDS. The treatment has been tested on 18 volunteers HIV-positive received three different doses to ensure their safety. Their findings, published in science translational medicine pages, are the result of collaboration between researchers of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the universities of Hannover and Ulm (Germany) and the University of Patras. To prevent cellular infection by HIV, the scientists took advantage of a natural compound that the human body uses to fend off other infections, a peptide (small protein): VIRIP. scientists say the drug is at the tip of the Lance of HIV to avoid contact between the cell membrane, the virus loses its ability to infect.
However, not everything is good news. At the moment, added, VIR-576 is very expensive to produce large scale (around $25,000 a year, compared to 14,000 of other antiretrovirals such as maraviroc, which also inhibits fusion peptide), and must be injected intravenously, which complicates the adherence to treatment, so it is evaluating a drug similar to this peptide, which has the same mechanism of action, but, in turn, can be manufactured and managed more easily. For now, VIR-576 has the advantage of being very well tolerated by the patients (with only a few cases of allergy in skin, headache, or constipation), precisely because it acts before the virus has penetrated into the healthy cell. Finally, Guillermo Gimenez, researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas (CSIC) and signatory of the study, summarized in three advantages of VIR-576: is an alternative to current treatments, which gives us new options when the virus Learn how to defend well to a region to attack the virus that cannot change, which reduces the risk of resistance and, finally, to not enter the cell, we can prevent many side effects for the patient.Will this may cure AIDS, we will see that they decide to drug companies.