New drug to fight the HIV virus.
April 13, 2007 12:35pm CST
Especially when combined with other medications, raltegravir -- the first in a new class of anti-retroviral drugs called integrase ihibitors -- dramatically reduced the presence of the HIV virus and boosted immunity in clinical-trial patients, according to a study. Integrase inhibitors act by targeting and disrupting an enzyme that facilitates the insertion of the HIV virus into the host's cellular genome. In clinical tests on 178 patients with advanced HIV infections that had proved resistant to standard treatments, raltegravir "showed unprecedented levels of virological efficiency," wrote virologists. Do you believe mankind will be able to control the HIV/AIDs virus to a safe level in the future?