According to a recent study published in the journal of “The Lancet HIV” a new alcoholism medicine can cure HIV. The finding was made by researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia and the University of California after closely observing the effects of the respective drug on dormant HIV cells.
In spite of the progress that has been recently made, there are still diseases that we cannot cure. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus has become increasingly popular in the past years, although health organizations work hard to prevent people from getting infected.
A recent study conducted with the conjoined work of researchers from Australia and California proves one medicine could have amazing results on HIV patients. The drug was initially used to treat chronic alcoholism, but it is also good for HIV cells.
The drug was tested on 30 patients, who had been previously treated with Anti-retroviral therapy (ART), the only treatment that is still effective on HIV cells. During the three-day interval in which patients were asked to take part in the experiment, medical experts administered participants different doses of the said substance.
To be more specific, participants received increasing doses of disulfiram of 500 mg, 1,000 mg and respectively 2,000 mg. The best results were noticed during the last stage of the experiment, when patients received incredibly large doses.
Scientists noticed in the third day of the experiment that the dormant HIV cells have become active again due to the 2,000 mg of disulfiram. This substance is usually given to alcoholic consumers because it induces them hangover sensations and prevents them from drinking alcohol again.
After the experiment, researchers have noticed that the administered drug has awaken HIV cells and made them sensitive to treatments. This way, the disease is better cured and there is no room left for mistakes, scientists have explained.
To verify just how effective the drug was, researchers have re-created the tests after seven days and 30 days, respectively. They have discovered that the presence of the RNA virus increased to 75 percent after just one week and, eventually to 100 percent after the first month. The conclusion was but one: disulfiram has contributed to the awakening of the HIV cells.
Julian Elliott from the Melbourne University was very pleased with the new discovery. He considers the new study has helped scientists make significant progress for the treatment of HIV. The next step, in his opinion, is to kill the awakened HIV cells once and for all.
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