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Nano Comes to HIV

April 2008

One of the most interesting reports from CROI 2008 described new types of drug delivery using "nano-technology." While scientists have been experimenting with such approaches for a number of years, presentations at CROI showed that this technology is much closer than previously believed.

Nano-technology offers the possibility of treatments taken only once every few weeks or even once every two months. This would usher in a whole new paradigm of HIV treatment, one that makes even today's "one pill once a day" regimens seem primitive and intrusive. Scientists revealed this approach using a number of different currently available drugs. Still, obstacles remain before anyone can expect to order an HIV nano-drug at the local pharmacy.

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