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Cure for AIDS

Postby VeenaandNivyah » Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:22 pm

Hey all, :D
I heard rumour that the Tulsi(a certain indian medicinal plant) is considered as a cure for AIDS. i mean is that really possible? the programme was kinda a commercial thing... :?
Is it the logic behind the producer of that teleprogramme to make money or is it really proved? :?:
Thanx, :D
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Postby VeenaandNivyah » Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:23 pm

sorry guys, forgot.. :oops:
i heard it in a television programme ...
u know kinda a mystery serial
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Postby MrMistery » Sun Jan 15, 2006 7:14 pm

although there are a lot of people that claim to have the cure for HIV, from what i know, the only cure remains latex
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Postby vinaya » Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:02 pm

how does latex cure AIDS :?: :?:
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Postby Poison » Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:18 pm

Maybe the correct word is not "cure", it is: "protect". :) Or latex has an effect that I don't know. ;)
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Postby Dr.Stein » Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:24 am

Latex is a material to make condoms :)
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Postby victor » Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:47 am

Till now, what I've heard is...in 'curing' AIDS (I think 'supress' is a better word) they use a therapy called triple drugs..in USA, they have it but it's really expensive. And the latest news that I heard is in Africa, where AIDS remains so many there..they use a supressive agents that's far cheaper than triple drugs therapy.
From those two articles and news' that I read and heard, I haven't see or heard that there's AIDS curing agents..
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Postby vinaya » Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:56 pm

how can therapy actualyy cure AIDS ?
how does mutation of the retrovirus HIV take place?
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Postby Dr.Stein » Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:30 am

Therapy against AIDS can be done in two ways:
(1) to supress HIV spreading over the infected body that will worsen patients' condition
(2) to prevent patients from any further infections that will be easily come because of their lacking immune system, especially by relying on innate immunity that is the first gate of body defense system

HIV is a very smart virus that is capable to change its surface protein, just like its old friend influenza virus but HIV is much smarter and so naughty (We call both as "Masters of Mutation" hehe), by changing the active gene expression. A random change in a gene, a mutation, and the genes of HIV mutate extremely frequently, more often than any other virus known to science. When a gene encoding one of the virus surface proteins is the one that mutates, the shape of that protein is often altered, and as a result the immune system memory no longer recognizes it.

This constant altering of HIV surface proteins is why the search for a universal anti-HIV virus has not succeeded. Like a gun shooting at a target that keeps moving aside, no one vaccine can successfully recognize HIV for long. For an AIDS vaccine to work, it must be targeted at something that doesn't shift around so much.

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Postby vinaya » Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:10 am

thanx doc
tht cleared up a few things
so how come scientists r wrking on trying to cure AIDS if actually nothing can be dne ???
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Postby victor » Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:31 pm

They try to create some antiviral agents by analyzing the process of HIV virus infecting T-cell....have you ever heard antiviral agent named analogous nucleoside like indinavir, amprenavir and friends?? that's some of the inventions...the scientists are trying to create more developed antiviral agents for HIV...
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Postby Dr.Stein » Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:53 am

vinaya wrote:thanx doc
tht cleared up a few things
so how come scientists r wrking on trying to cure AIDS if actually nothing can be dne ???

Some scientists are trying to rely on innate immune system as the first gate before HIV attacks CD4+ T cells. I have a paper of this and presented it on a Immunogy course last year, but unfortunately I cannot find it in my computer . Give me time to search for it :)
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