New HIV drug may only need be taken only once a week

A new drug could help adherence by needing to only be taken once a week according to a new study.

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One of the key issues when it comes to those with HIV infections is the having to take antiretrovirals at specific daily.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, says that key to reducing these numbers is a longer-acting pill, he says as quoted by HuffPost UK:

A less invasive oral formulation could be one important part of our future arsenal to stop the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Now this new drug,a capsule, which is diamond shaped will have the necessary drugs loaded into it via six arms. They slowly unfold and release the necessary drugs throughout the week . This was developed by the team at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and pretty much in short term how Cataflam works as a pain killer for the whole day or ivermectin malaria tablets which stay inside you for up to four weeks.

The drug has been tested only in pigs but the point is that it does work.

The study appears in the 9 January 2017 edition of Nature Communications.