Anti-Cancer Drug Helps Expose Hidden HIV Cells: Study

Published By : 23 Jul 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

In what could be termed as a major breakthrough in the fight against HIV, researchers have discovered that a particular anti-cancer drug activates and exposes hidden HIV cells.

The drug romidepsin activates the HIV cells into readably detectable levels in the blood where it can be attacked by the immune system.

Researchers studied six HIV-positive patients, wherein each was given three doses of the cancer drug over a duration of three weeks. All patients have been long-term patients of HIV. Before the drug was administered to them in the trial, the HIV cells were undetectable in the blood stream. But after the drug was given, tests showed significant movement of the cells in the blood. Doctors doing the trial have said that while the drug does not actually destroy the virus, a later experiment combining the present anti-cancer drug romidepsin with an HIV vaccine could help kill the cells.

Presently, over 35 million people across the globe are living with HIV, out which at least half the population is unaware about their condition. However, the good news is that as per recent United Nations information, the number of Aids-related deaths has gone down by more than a third in a decade, and it is possible that the disease could be wiped out completely by 2030.

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