University of Canada develops women’s implant that could protect against HIV Find out about all the details!
The University of Waterloo in Canada has developed an implant for women that could protect against HIV, and is capable of greatly reducing the number of T cells. That is, the cells that the virus usually attacks in the reproductive areas of women.
According to the professor of the School of Pharmacy of Waterloo, Emmanuel Ho, some medications that are taken orally never reach the infected part, so this implant could provide a more effective way for the T cells do not respond to the infections and prevent transmission in a safer way.
The study was published by the Journal of Controlled Release on March 13, 2018. This innovative implant uses a particularly astute strategy. When HIV enters a new organism, it is directed mainly to the cells of the immune system, in particular to the T cells that are sent to fight against the invading virus.
The publication also explains that lymphocytes are mobilized to cope, HIV contaminates them, which allows them to reproduce. This is the beginning of the infection process. But if the T cells do not react to the arrival of the human immunodeficiency virus, if they remain silent and do not face the weapon, it reduces the number of cells that the HIV virus can contaminate.
Inside, the implant is loaded with hydroxychloroquine, a substance that filters through the pores of the tube to be absorbed by the woman’s area. At the moment, the results in the first tests with animals are quite positive, however, there is still much to be done for this method of prevention to be effective in humans.