HIV Prevention Shot May Replace Pills

By: Jasmine Allen - March 4, 2014

Two separate HIV studies on macaque monkeys show very promising results.

Researchers from Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Rockefeller University in New York presented their findings on Tuesday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, Mass.

They determined that a newly designed shot routinely taken four times a year could possibly protect people from the HIV virus.

One San Francisco doctor from Gladstone Institute, which is affiliated with the University of California, told the Associated Press that two studies were “showing 100 percent protection” from the virus.

“This is the most exciting innovation in the field of HIV prevention that I’ve heard recently,” said Dr. Robert Grant. “If it works and proves to be safe, it would allow for HIV to be prevented with periodic injections, perhaps every three months.”

The GSK1265744 drug was the experimental medicine used in the latest research study. The drug company GlaxoSmithKline makes the potent drug.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the first to test the effectiveness of the new drug.

Two recent studies by the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center provided further validation.

In the first study, 16 monkeys were exposed to the virus once a week for eight weeks. Eight of the monkeys were given two treatments within that time frame, whereas the remaining was given a placebo shot. In a second study, six out of 12 monkeys were given the shot.

The end results for both experiments determined that those given GSK1265744 injections were protected from the virus for at least 5 to 10 weeks.

Watch The Doctors cover a segment on monkeys used as a cure for HIV virus:

Truvada, a HIV preventive pill already available to the public, may soon be replaced. Experts say that injections may prove to be a better option for people who are reluctant to taking pills.

According to Bloomberg:

“If successful, the injection may provide an alternative to Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD)’s Truvada pill, which won U.S. approval in 2012 to lower the chance of infection for people who don’t have the virus but are at risk of catching it.”

Researchers from the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center have established that the next steps involve testing the shot on humans as a treatment first, and then as a preventive medication.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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  • Zeusbear

    wow if this works it is Awesome. However it will probably cost more than the normal person can afford.

  • MICHAEL

    I BET IT IT WILL WORK..

    AND ITS GONNA BE NICE MY NIECE TAKES ONE PILL A DAY

    WITH A SHOT ONCE A MONTF OR SO SHE’LL BE BETTER OF F LIVE LIFE FREEER

  • Calissa Gravers

    Why don’t you just keep your legs closed instead of opening and closing them like saloon doors or get married and you’ll know who you are having sex with! hmm?

    • Dahmerfan

      shut up!

    • Elaine Carey

      Marriage is no guarantee of protection…

    • Jay

      Because sex is fun! Duh.

    • Guest

      HIV isn’t just spread through sex. And a lot of married people could potentially have affairs……It has nothing to do with whether you open or close your legs. It has everything to do with people being responsible for themselves and take precautions and not just blindly “trust” in someone else. Taking preventative medication, until a vaccine is discovered means you are being responsible for YOU! It’s smart, whereas believing that you could never get it because you are not an “at risk” group can be ridiculously ignorant. I know of a woman who got it from being on a bus that wrecked and someone who was infected bled on her and she had opened wounds. No one is self until there is a cure, stop living in the 15th century!!!

      • Flash

        IT has everything to do with people opening and closing their legs. And TRUST of another partner. Today the majority of people get aids through sexual contact, or transmission mother to child. Some white Europeans are immune to HIV/aids they believe it had something to do with a resistance to the plague

        • timbofire

          Oh just stop, wait a minute- I stand completely against your falsehood that “some white Europeans are immune to HIV/AIDS” and why? Some voodoo resistance to (which)the plague? Never , or no, seldom do I hear such a lunatic rant! Who are these “white Europeans” buddy? Are you a “white European”? Get real. Get schooled before you get schooled. The rates of mother-to infant transmission , at least in the United States have fallen so significantly, that if you new anything about it, really, you would know that! I hope that few, very few, people believe the way you do. Tell me one vaccine that is 100% effective! Polio, measles, malaria? Tell me one that is “100%” effective! You’ll trust your partner, but, can you trust any other person that he/she might have been with? For the last ten years? But it’s okay, right? So you “open and close you legs” as you pointed out rather poetically!?!?!?!

          • dblock727

            actually i’ve heard the thing regarding white europeans and immunity. look it up

          • timbofire

            Show me your proof, it sure isn’t proof if it’s something you’ve “heard”!

    • Lasher820

      HIV isn’t just spread through sex. And a lot of married people could potentially have affairs……It has nothing to do with whether you open or close your legs. It has everything to do with people being responsible for themselves and take precautions and not just blindly “trust” in someone else. Taking preventative medication, until a vaccine is discovered means you are being responsible for YOU! It’s smart, whereas believing that you could never get it because you are not an “at risk” group can be ridiculously ignorant. I know of a woman who got it from being on a bus that wrecked and someone who was infected bled on her and she had opened wounds. No one is safe until there is a cure, stop living in the 15th century!!!

    • Noah Hoffer

      mabe you should give up the taliban dream and learn this is the 21 century people are free to have sex without being talked to like that by religious nuts

    • emma

      married people are the ones at risk, because they open there legs any how without nowing where their husbands have come from. Wakeup calissa, this is the real world we are leaving in.

    • all

      asshole

  • gmme00 .

    I hope it works. I hate wearing condoms!

    • useYourOTHERhead

      haha yeah and then let your penis fall off from 5 other diseases lol

  • Majin Vegeta

    Now I can fuck hoes left and right with out worries of HIV.

    • Entertainmentluvva

      lol..the honesty

    • timbofire

      The only thing I can even think to say is if you really believe this you are an uneducated buffoon , and it’s scary dangerous thinking!

  • Eric

    The only flaw in this is that it creates an untreatable strain of HIV, so the people that take this medication and DO end up getting infected are immune to treatment and die a slow horrible death.

    • Thomas Straley

      The “only flaw” in what you posted is.. everything. HIV does NOT mutate because someone does not get HIV. HIV mutates when people who are infected don’t adhere to his/her medicine regiment. And die a a slow horrible death? Get out of the 1980’s.

  • Animal Lover

    Sad that theyre testing this on Monkeys:(

    • Arod806

      Its logical to use animals first, but since they are posting this on tv shows, and what not, looks like they are confident in moving on to human testing and trials. So this does have a good sporting chance.

    • timbofire

      I suggest you step in for that poor, poor monkey, let them test you, instead! Save the monkey!!!

  • Missthang

    i think i saw this movie it was called , I am legend.

    • Milkman

      That’s what I’m thinking. You cure something and create something else. It also gives people another excuse to be careless during sex acts.

  • Andrew

    HIV is spread through sharing of body fluid. some fluids are more likely to spread HIV then others but most of the time its from sex.

  • sasha

    Again it is not a cure,more money to be made.

  • http://batman-news.com Kizito Chukwuemeka Ekwealor

    Another reason to take promiscuity to new heights……Am scared of this generation.