Cancer drugs might help fight HIV infections

August 25, 2010 9:39:28 AM PDT
Drugs used to treat cancer may actually help to fight off HIV infections.

Researchers at the University of minnesota Have found a way to treat the virus using cancer drugs already on the market.

In the lab, Decitabine and Gemcitabine appear to force the virus to mutate and kill itself. The drugs have already been approved by the FDA, so they could more quickly be developed into anti-HIV drugs.

"In combination, at concentrations or at doses much lower than what's used for cancer chemotherapy, these things work in our models very, very well," said Steve Patterson, University of Minnesota researcher.

More research needs to be done, including clinical trials in humans.

Researchers also hope to put the drugs in pill form. Right now, they're only given through an IV.


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