AIDS Drug 'Candidate' Shown To Block Infection By Even The Most Virulent Strains Of HIV

February 18, 2015 6:01 PM

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AIDS Drug 'Candidate' Shown To Block Infection By Even The Most Virulent Strains Of HIV

For more than three decades, scientists have tried unsuccessfully to develop an effective vaccine for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But now researchers say they have created an experimental drug that may function as a sort of "alternative" vaccine for the virus.

The experimental drug, a protein known as eCD4-IG, blocks infection by keeping the virus from binding to the immune cells that are the virus's target. In tests on monkeys, the drug "candidate" proved to be extremely effective at blocking infection--even with the most virulent strains of HIV and its ...

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