New HIV Drugs Found To Block Virus In Monkeys

February 10, 2009

Canada (ChattahBox) – Research into blocking HIV has brought on a possible breakthrough in preventive medication, particularly in women who live in countries that give them lower class status.

The experiments, which were performed on lab monkeys that were exposed to the HIV virus three times a week, showed that the use of oral antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, was an effective treatment, as was the introduction of the gel, which could be administered vaginally, or rectally.

When given the gel rectally 1 – 3 days before viral contact, an amazing five out of six were protected. When given 7 days before contact, four out of six were protected, and when given a few hours before contact, three out of six were protected.

Researchers believed that these drugs, especially the gel, could provide invaluable help to women who live in countries where their status as second class citizens makes it difficult for them to refuse sexual activity, or to insist upon the proper precautions, such as condoms. The gel can be administered, or the pill taken, without their partners ever knowing.

“This could be a niche product for a group of women who have no other option,” Salim Abdool Karim, one of the researchers on the many HIV projects, said in a news conference.


2 Responses to “New HIV Drugs Found To Block Virus In Monkeys”

  1. edwards on February 10th, 2009 11:52 pm

    The AIDS protection gel ( may or may not prove to be the magic bullet for avoiding the deadly disease, but no drug is a substitute for broad public sex education. No matter how good a drug or gel is, the vast majority of the at-risk population isn’t going to have access to it, or use it even if they do have access. The Bush administration wasted 8 years on promoting abstinence while sexually transmitted diseases spread further. Thank goodness the new Obama administration is actually enlightened.

  2. Dillon on March 10th, 2009 5:11 pm

    The EM is not of HIV.
    It is of malaria parasites rupturing from an erythrocyte.

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