Possible HIV resistance gene—hope for new drug targets
According to some recent studies, scientists think that a specific mutation in the CCR5 gene may contribute to “HIV-safety.” It hinders the HIV virus from entering the cell, thus making a person sick. This is a huge breakthrough, although it is not the whole story for HIV resistance. There are also some forms of HIV that can still infect those with the CCR5 mutation. As discussed in this article, the mutation may seem like a miracle drug target, but it could have negative consequences, such as resistance to this type of CCR5 mutation and a new strain of HIV. If you were a public health professional, what does this new development mean for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and other highly epidemic areas?