08/30/2010 // Sweden // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Sweden – A new study suggests the HIV virus could hide in the brain. As reported by HealthDay News, Swedish researchers found that the virus that causes AIDS could surface in tests conducted on the spinal fluid of patients who have taken medication for HIV infection, while not showing traces of the virus in the blood.
Lead researcher Dr. Arvid Eden, a doctor and researcher at the Institute of Biomedicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “Antiviral treatment in the brain is complicated by a number of factors, partly because it is surrounded by a protective barrier that affects how well medicines get in… This means that the brain can act as a reservoir where treatment of the virus may be less effective.”
Eden is further quoted as stating that the findings are an indicator that “we need to take into account the effects in the brain when developing new drugs and treatment strategies for HIV infection.”
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