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  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200507070204.html

    New drug blocks HIV from entering cells

    07/07/2005
    The Asahi Shimbun

    A durable new drug that prevents HIV from entering human cells and causes almost no side effects has been developed by a team of researchers at Kumamoto University.

    The new drug, code named AK602, was reported by the research team's leader, Hiroaki Mitsuya, at the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Kobe on Tuesday.

    The drug's main feature is that it shuts out the AIDS virus at the point when it tries to intrude into a human cell.

    Current AIDS medicines can lose their effectiveness in a few days when the virus changes and develops a resistance to those drugs. But AK602 is different because it reacts to human cells instead of attacking the virus, Mitsuya said.

    He said the drug sticks to a protein called CCR5 that acts as an entrance into human cells for the AIDS virus. When the new drug becomes attached to the protein, it can prevent HIV from entering, and thus stop the virus from spreading.

    The researchers conducted clinical tests on 40 AIDS patients in the United States.

    AK602 not only proved effective against viruses that had become resistant to other drugs, but it also caused almost no side effects, the team said.(IHT/Asahi: July 7,2005)
  2. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    That's pretty interesting, Brain. I like the fact that it's attacking the human cells rather than the virus. Makes it seem more proactive rather than reactive.

    I'm also curious to see what side effects it does have. Those can be as devastating as the illness itself.
  3. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    But if it keeps it from entering the cells, don't you need to take it before you are exposed?

    In which case it's a vaccine, which would be ironic because it is possible that a vaccine is what caused HIV/AIDS in the first place.
  4. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    Thay are using the body to heal itself which has proven to me more effective than any thing we have ever come up with.

    The human body can heal itself in a lot of ways and they are using this natural built in system to give it a boost
  5. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    But we can't give out vaccines to prevent AIDS because that will just encourage people to have sex. :rolleyes:

    Sorry, I just rolled over from the political forum. :D
  6. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    Does not matter that there are several studies that show that informed people make better decisions.

    It's not like just say no, prevents basic biology.

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