Science and Technology : Gel An HIV Cure?

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    AIDS researchers claim to have found a novel way to curb the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, a debilitating and deadly disease of the human immune system. They have found a vaginal gel that halves a woman's risk of getting HIV from an infected sex partner.

    The global pandemic, HIV AIDS is spreading like forest fire worldwide, affecting an estimated 33 million people globally, of which 16 million are women. The infectious disease is now transmitted mostly during sex between a man and a woman.

    Vaginal therapy for HIV prevention
    The researchers said they have developed a new gel that can significantly reduce the women’s chances of getting HIV when applied vaginally.

    The researchers believe that this female-controlled method of avoiding AIDS might give women a little extra protection against the virus, especially when so many men are unwilling to use condoms.

    After two decades of research, scientists have found a vaginal gel that can sharply cut HIV infections among women and schoolgirls, according health website WebMD.com.

    The gel containing an anti-HIV drug tenofovir, sold as Viread by Gilead Sciences Inc., has proved effective in protecting women against the infection.

    Although the new findings are breakthrough in HIV prevention, still it must be confirmed in larger studies before making it ready for widespread use, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

    Promising AIDS gel
    The breakthrough research was carried out by husband/wife researchers Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, and Salim S. Abdool Karim, MD, PHD, of the Center for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Columbia University.

    "We now have a product that can potentially alter the epidemic ... and save millions of lives by averting HIV infection," WedMD quoted Quarraisha as saying at a news teleconference.

    "Without the gel, for every 100 women, 10 will be infected in a year. With this gel, only six women will be infected," she added. "For an individual woman, we say, 'If you use it consistently, you cut your chance of infection in half."

    Study details
    To reach their findings, the couple researchers studied a group of 889 HIV-negative sexually active women between the ages of 18 and 40 in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

    All the study women were randomly assigned to use a gel that was either 1 percent tenofovir gel or a placebo gel, and were told to use it 12 hours before they expected to have sex and 12 hours afterward, reports WebMD.

    Breakthrough findings
    Over the course of the study, there were 98 infections in the 889 women. More precisely, 38 women who got the gel and 60 women who got the placebo became HIV infected.

    Overall, that's 39 percent prevention effectiveness. Among women who used the gel for at least 80 percent of episodes of intercourse, the infection reduction was 54 percent.

    The study findings, which are being announced at the 18th International AIDS Conference, are described as "groundbreaking" by the World Health Organisation and the United Nation's AIDS group (UNAIDS), and described as “exciting” by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Further studies needed for confirmation
    Although the new findings are breakthrough in HIV prevention, still it must be confirmed in larger studies before making it ready for widespread use, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

    "The results of the CAPRISA study are important and of considerable significance for the field of microbicides," CNN quoted Fauci as saying. "This is the first study that has shown a clear-cut positive effect of a microbicide on blocking acquisition of HIV infection.

    "It is noteworthy that this is the first completed study that utilized a specific antiretroviral drug in the formulation. The important goal for the immediate future is to improve upon these results, however it is clear that this is a conceptual advance."

    Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called the findings an exciting step forward.

    "While these findings may need to be confirmed by other research to meet requirements for licensure by FDA and other regulatory bodies throughout the world, they suggest that we could soon have a new method to help reduce the heavy toll of HIV among women around the world," said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, part of the Centers for Disease Control.

    "It is also very encouraging that the study found that the microbicide significantly reduced the risk of genital herpes (HSV-2), which is common in developing countries and in the United States, and facilitates HIV transmission."

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    Today's researchers and the advance techology and scientist if funded completely
    they could come up with the right cure for any man name disease known.

    this a great discovery
     
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    By 2020, I think this disease will be little more than a passing fancy. Futire generations will wonder what the big deal was


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    Unless they cross dress it with some other name if they don't come up with the full
    turn around to HIV and AIDS
    it will take more researching and testing but if they not funded it all could be a waste
    by then it might be called the (ABD)
     
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    I dont think so. Because of A.I.D.S. plague-like potential, it has led to techniques that have focused specifically on viruses. Viruses were thee most hardest things to identify and cure. Now science my be able to block or cure all viruses. Herpes alone was one to the hardest things to eliminate. There is now a potential cure. This is amazing in itself

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