According to a study conducted at the University of Manchester, HIV drug lopinavir has been shown to kill-off the human papilloma virus (HPV) that leads to cervical cancer.
The study found that drug wiped out pre-cancerous cells in 90 per cent of women - with no side-effects. They believed that in the future, women could be prescribed a drug to use at home, instead of enduring a biopsy or surgery.
The trial took place at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi, Kenya. A panel of researchers examined 40 women with low-grade and high-grade stage pre-cancerous disease of the cervix. The antiviral drug lopinavir is used orally to treat HIV but it was applied directly to the cervix as a pessary in the trial.
The women were treated with one capsule of the antiviral drug twice a day for two weeks. Repeat cervical smears showed a marked improvement within one month of the treatment.
(Source - Daily Mail)
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