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This is way cool!

Very soon now, the first fusion inhibitors will hit the market. This will be the first new class of HIV medication in a very long time.

All other antiretrovirals currently on the market are drugs that attempt to stop the virus from reproducing once it has already infected an individual...that is, to control an infection in progress. Fusion inhibitors stop HIV from infecting a person in the first place, by prevening the binding between virus and T cell. This is, in a word, amazing.

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storvik
Apr. 30th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
This is, in a word, amazing.

It's not the first thing I think of when I hear the words "fusion inhibitor", though -- I've been dealing with plasma conduits on the uss_murgatroid for too long.

sethcohen
Apr. 30th, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
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Well, this drug will be in solution in plasma, but blood plasma, not that "fourth state of matter" stuff that runs in the Murgatroid's conduits...
storvik
Apr. 30th, 2003 10:06 am (UTC)
Yep. I read something about this recently.
thetaet
Apr. 30th, 2003 10:15 am (UTC)
That icon scares me.
allah_sulu
Apr. 30th, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
Look! There's blargblarg!
sethcohen
Apr. 30th, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Grr. Argh. *grin*
thetaet
Apr. 30th, 2003 10:15 am (UTC)
WOW!
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