Friday, September 30, 2005

Aids virus 'could be weakening'

The virus which causes Aids may be getting less powerful, according to researchers.
A team at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, in Antwerp, compared HIV-1 samples from 1986-89 and 2002-03.

They found the newer samples appeared not to multiply as well.
They were more sensitive to drugs - some other studies argue they are becoming more resistant.

As per the article –

Researcher Dr Eric Artz said: "This was a very preliminary study, but we did find a pretty striking observation in that the viruses from the 2000s are much weaker than the viruses from the eighties.

"Obviously this virus is still causing death, although it may be causing death at a slower rate of progression now. Maybe in another 50 to 60 years we might see this virus not causing death."

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