Studiy Shows Anti-herpes Drug May Help Treat HIV

Washington, March 14 (RHC) -- Valacyclovir, a drug commonly used to treat genital herpes, may help reduce the levels of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, even when patients do not have herpes, a study suggested Friday.

If valacyclovir's effectiveness against HIV can be confirmed in a larger cohort, it could be added to the mix of drugs used to suppress the virus, and might prove especially helpful in cases in which HIV has developed resistance to other drugs, researchers said.

Edited by Ivan Martínez



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