A new drug code named AK602 is said to be able to block the HIV virus from entering human cells and causing almost no side effects. This maybe a major step forward in treatment of HIV.
Scientist from the Japanese University Kumamoto, have announce ground braking news in the fight against the AIDS virus. The research headed by Hiroaki Mitsuya tried the new drug on 40 AIDS patients in the United States. The patients took 0.02 ounces of AK602 twice a day for 10 days. The results showed that their HIV dropped to an average of one per cent. Apart from this the team also found that the 40 patients suffered almost no side effects.
This positive step forward can mean a whole new meaning to many thousands of AIDS patients around the world. Currently AIDS medications often seem to loose their effectiveness after a few days. Dr. Mitsya said that this was due to the virus growing resistance to the drug administered. However the AK602 reacts to the human cells instead of attacking the virus itself. The drug developed by the team attaches to the protein in the human cell and acts as an entrance into the human cell for the AIDS virus, thereby preventing the HIV from entering and attacking the human cell itself.