Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Exciting drug flushes out HIV

A team at Aarhaus University in Demark tried using a chemotherapy drug, romidepsin, which is used in lymphoma. Six HIV patients with undetectable levels of the virus were enrolled into trial. They each received a reduced dose of romidepsin once a week for three weeks. There was a noticeable jump in viral levels in the blood in five of the patients.

One of the scientists involved, Dr Ole Sogaard, told the BBC: "Every step forward is always exciting, and I think this is quite important." He said there had been a lot of scepticism about the drug being potent enough.

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'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV

Source: BBC News

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