Cervical cancer could be prevented by widely used HIV drug

A WIDELY-used HIV drug could also prevent cervical cancer, scientists say. They have discovered the medication attacks and kills a virus which puts cells at risk of becoming cancerous. The drug lopinavir could be used as a cream to combat the human papilloma virus (HPV). It would be better than a vaccine but needs five years of trials first.

They have now found lopinavir selectively kills HPV-infected, non-cancerous cells, while leaving healthy cells relatively unaffected. The HPV virus makes the cervix cells abnormal and they can become cancerous if not treated. Read more…

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