Monday, August 11, 2008

Monkey study strengthens the case for a microbicide combining several anti-HIV drugs

A study using a microbicide gel containing the antiretroviral drugs in the combination pill Truvada – tenofovir and FTC (emtricitabine) – completely protected six pigtail macaque monkeys from infection with a type of HIV designed to be infectious to monkeys, the XVII International AIDS Conference heard on Thursday.

This is a better result than seen in a previous study of a microbicide gel containing only tenofovir, which protected only two-thirds of monkeys from rectal infection (Cranage).

Read the rest of this story, by Gus Cairns, on aidsmap.

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