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frog sweat
Nov 14, 2005

here in nashville tn they said they found a way in makeing a cream to kill the hiv virse useing frog sweat why cant they inject people with the frog sweat to kill the virse in your body?? if it wont hurt human beings why not ask for volenteers i would because i want to get this virse out of my body.

Response from Dr. Wohl

Ah, the beauty of Google. Type in frog + sweat + HIV and viola! Bingo. Yes indeed, frog sweat. Proteins in some frogs from down under kills HIV on contact and may be a the basis of a microbicide (chemical that can be applied to vagina or rectum to prevent HIV infection) of the future. See http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051021/NEWS07/510210406/1024/NEWS

There are other agents that can kill HIV in a test tube, bleach comes to mind, but that does not mean you want this stuff in your bloodstream. Any anti-HIV agent must be able to work inside the body, including in cells where HIV resides, without being toxic to the individual. Current HIV therapies in fact do not destroy the virus instead they prevent it from making more of itself (like birth control for HIV).

But still, as the article points out this can be a good thing to further investigate and may be a boon to these increasingly endangered amphibians. Kill a virus, save a frog.

DW



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