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New Developments
In  AIDS Research

Since AIDS was first discovered in the early 1980’s, advances in diagnosing and treating AIDS have been made each year.  The use of different combinations of new and existing drugs is being studied to find the best possible combination to treat patients who have AIDS or the HIV virus.  It takes time and effort and money to develop and make new drugs that can be used to treat HIV or AIDS patients.  As more drugs are discovered and tested, the chances of a breakthrough for AIDS treatment could be on the way.

Since 1998, many of the newly diagnosed HIV patients were found to have a strain of the virus that is resistant to one or more of the conventional antiretroviral drugs used in treatment.  With this alarming discovery, there have been many new drugs developed to streamline treatment and to combat drug resistance.  Over two-dozen new drugs have been introduced and include new protease inhibitors and more powerful reverse transcriptase inhibitors.  One medicine was developed specifically to target the multidrug resistant strains of HIV.

One other path of research involves new classes of AIDS drugs that will prevent the virus from getting into the cells.  Instead of suppressing the virus from multiplying itself, it is a drug that will stop the virus from reaching the healthy cells.  These medications can be safer and more effective but more testing and research needs to be done before they are available.

Other drug discoveries include a new class that targets the HIV virus at different stages of its development.  DNA profiling is used to interfere with the nine known genes of HIV.  Scientists caution these drugs may not be alone to treat AIDS.  They are hoping that they will prove to be more effective, simpler to use, and with fewer side effects.  This could allow treatments to be easier to tolerate and much easier to follow.

Did You Know? 

Homeopathic medicine is another form of alternative treatment plans that are available to the AIDS patient. Many doctors who treat AIDS patients have had success with combining conventional and homeopathic medicines.

Alternative methods of treatment are becoming more accepted in the medical world especially for patients with AIDS. The conventional medical world should not ignore these alternative ways of treatment. Patients with AIDS may insist on trying other methods of treatment while still taking conventional AIDS drugs.

Alternative treatments have been proven to give some patients a better quality of life while being treated for AIDS. Patients with HIV or AIDS should take an active role in the treatment of their disease.

Don’t be complacent or allow others to make critical decisions in your treatment. Work with your medical team and find a group that will help you if you decide to use homeopathic treatments as well as conventional drugs.



There is also a new preventive therapy being researched.  It is for use by females but has not been proven to be as effective as latex condoms.  The new therapy is used before intercourse using microbicides.



Meanwhile, research is continuing to focus on a potential HIV vaccine and for a cure for HIV and AIDS.  Scientists are hoping to find a vaccine that will protect people from the HIV virus or decrease the risk of getting the disease.  This vaccine would be used for those people who have been exposed to the virus.  A second vaccine is called the therapeutic vaccine, which was developed to boost the immunity system of patients who already have the HIV virus or AIDS.  It is supposed to help these patients fight off infections that would normally be shaken off by healthy individuals.

 

AIDS Facts

Researchers are trying to develop a chemical that can be used during sex as a barrier to passing on the disease.



Many of the new drugs and vaccines are still in clinical trials.  If you have an advanced stage of HIV or AIDS, you may want to contact your local support group.  They may be able to help you get into a clinical trial.  This could give you access to drugs that have not yet been approved by the Federal Drug Administration. 

 

 

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HIV and AIDS Information and Resources
World Health Organization’s AIDS Staging
History of AIDS Looking Closer at the HIV Virus and AIDS
Living With HIV and AIDS
Know the Basics about AIDS
What are the Causes of AIDS
Homeopathic Ways of Treating the AIDS Patient
AIDS and the Nervous System
Options If You Are HIV Positive
The AIDS Patient and Opportunistic Infections
Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus
Tests For the HIV Virus
Other Health Concerns For The AIDS Patient
Prayer And Spirituality Used In The Treatment Of AIDS
How To Prepare For Your AIDS Medical Appointment
Aids and Viral Complications
Parasitic Infections Common to HIV Patients
AIDS Related Lymphoma
Treating AIDS Related Lymphoma
Serious Complications Associated With The HIV Virus
White Blood Cells And AIDS
Neurological Complications Associated with AIDS
What To Do If You Think You Might Have Aids
New Developments In AIDS Research
Coping With Your AIDS Diagnosis
The Symptoms of HIV Infection
Education Is The Key To Stopping the AIDS Epidemic
The Emphasis Must Be On Prevention for HIV and AIDS
AIDS Medical Terms
Take An Active Role In Your AIDS Medical Treatment
Reducing The HIV Risk Factors
Keeping A Positive Outlook For AIDS Patients
Acupuncture To Relieve The Side Effects Of AIDS Treatment
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Treat AIDS
AIDS Patients Are In It For Life
Basic AIDS Information
Do You Need To Let Everyone Know That You Are HIV Positive
Important Vitamins and Minerals for a Person with HIV
Treatments Available for the Patient with HIV or AIDS
Ways You Cannot Get The HIV Virus
Treatments Available for the HIV Positive Woman
Understanding the Basics of HIV
The United States AIDS Policy
Treatment Guidelines for the AIDS Patient
Treating Serious Illnesses in The AIDS Patient
HIV Transmission
How The HIV Virus Progresses
The Fear the AIDS Stigma Brings
I Tested Positive For the HIV Virus: What Now
How To Tell Other People You Are HIV Positive
Facts And Myths Regarding HIV Transmission
Some Recent Advances In The Fight Against AIDS
Preventive Measures You Can Take Concerning HIV Infection
Dates In AIDS History
The Impact of AIDS On MSM, Men Who Have Sex With Men
Dealing With Malnutrition For The HIV Infected Person
Know Your Personal HIV Risk Factors
Keeping Yourself AIDS Free
Are Condoms Effective As Protection Against AIDS Transmission
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What Are The Initial Signs and Symptoms of HIV Infections
AIDS Faqs
Five Classes of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating AIDS
Dietary Needs And The HIV Patient
Misconceptions About AIDS
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The Staggering AIDS Statistics
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Aids And The Toll On Families
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