New AIDS Drug

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Almost every day new breakthroughs are being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Just over the last few weeks scientists have announced finding a genetic trait that makes some people less susceptible to the illness, a protein that flushes the virus out of hiding and a drug that could mean longer-lasting treatment for those with the disease.

WBHM’s Rosemary Pennington spoke with Dr. Michael Kilby about that last discovery. Kilby is the medical director of UAB’s HIV/AIDS clinic. He says the researchers at Rutgers University, who created the drug, may have found a way to improve treatment for AIDS patients, but it’s unlikely to be the cure some have hoped it would be.