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Acne Drug Prevents HIV Breakout

March 20, 2010

Johns Hopkins scientists have found that a safe and inexpensive antibiotic in use since the 1970s for treating acne (minocycline) effectively targets infected immune cells in which HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, lies dormant and prevents them from reactivating and replicating. Janice E. Clements, Ph.D., on her teams discovery that a safe, inexpensive antibiotic will improve on the current treatment regimens of HIV-infected patients. Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine



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