30 million people have died due to AIDS.
However, a cure is yet to be found.
HIV is a retrovirus that manages to evade detection from the immune system because the virus hides in latency, incorporated into your DNA.
Instead, doctors give patients a “drug cocktail” that slows the replication and action of HIV enzymes. However, this treatment does not stop the initial infection.
Bee venom contains melittin, which can “poke holes in the protective envelope that surrounds HIV,” thereby destroying the virus.
The researchers believe that this discovery can help them develop a vaginal gel that may prevent the spread of HIV.
A researcher Joshua Hood hopes “that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a preventive measure to stop the initial infection.”
Hood also thinks that these nanoparticles could be used to treat existing HIV infections. The nanoparticles could be injected into the blood, clearing HIV from the blood stream.
This is truly a wonderful discovery. Hopefully, this is the first step towards ending the AIDS epidemic.
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