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Antabuse to flush HIV resevoir

Antabuse is a drug used to treat alcoholism. It makes people who drink alcohol become ill therefore helping them stop drinking.

There’s a new clinical trial underway to use Antabuse (disulfiram) to flush out the hidden reservoir of HIV that evades both the immune system and antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. The trial is small and isn’t attempting to cure the participants, it could be a new path to a cure.

Current HIV drug therapy only works on active cells. Inactive cells hide out in resevoirs preventing the drugs from attacking them. Antabuse not only makes people sick from alcolhol, it also activates cells which would then allow the immune system and the HIV drugs to destroy them.

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