Broad-Spectrum Antivirals: The Future of HIV Treatment?
May 16, 2012
Could a single drug be used to treat a variety of viruses -- potentially all viruses, including HIV? At least three novel approaches are being worked on to create such a drug, also known as a broad-spectrum antiviral.
Broad-spectrum drugs already exist in other areas of medicine. For instance, we have antibiotics to treat a wide range of bacterial infections. Unfortunately, while antibiotics work great at thwarting bacteria, they are largely ineffective against viruses.
Presently we have different antivirals that tend to treat specific diseases (e.g., Tamiflu only treats influenza, and most HIV medications only treat HIV). However, as people with HIV are well aware, viruses mutate and grow resistant to current antivirals.View Full Article
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