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Posted by Trini Kid - - 2 comments

Greetings Travellers!! Do you know anyone suffering from HIV? Well the HIV virus isn't that big bad wolf anymore because it can now be killed. Even though a baby was officially cured of HIV a few days ago it is still not a clear cut indication that the cure for HIV has been found. However it has been confirmed  by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that  a toxin called melittin found in bee venom can destroy HIV. The venom kills HIV by poking holes in the envelope surrounding the virus, according to a news release sent out by Washington University.


Nanoparticles smaller than HIV were infused with the bee venom toxin, explains U.S. News & World Report. A "protective bumper" was added to the nanoparticle's surface, allowing it to bounce off normal cells and leave them intact. Normal cells are larger than HIV, so the nanoparticles target HIV, which is so small it fits between the bumpers.

Melittin on the nanoparticles fuses with the viral envelope,” said research instructor Joshua L. Hood, MD, PhD, via the news release. “The melittin forms little pore-like attack complexes and ruptures the envelope, stripping it off the virus.” Adding, “We are attacking an inherent physical property of HIV. Theoretically, there isn’t any way for the virus to adapt to that. The virus has to have a protective coat, a double-layered membrane that covers the virus.

This revelation can lead to the development of a vaginal gel to prevent the spread of HIV and, it seems, an intravenous treatment to help those already infected. “Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a preventive measure to stop the initial infection,” said Hood.

The bee venom HIV study was published on Thursday in the journal Antiviral Therapy, according to U.S. News & World Report.


This study comes on the heels of news that a Mississippi baby with HIV has apparently been cured. The mother was diagnosed with HIV during labor and the baby received a three-drug treatment just 30 hours after birth, before tests confirmed the infant was infected. The child, now 2 years old, has been off medication for about a year and shows no sign of infection.

More than 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Of these, 3.3 million are under the age of 15 years old. Each day, almost 7,000 people contract HIV around the globe. So these new findings prove that HIV can be cured we were just a little bit slow in finding the means. A lot of lives can be saved all thanks to the HONEY BEE!!

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Would it not be awesome if a bee sting made you immune to HIV?

  2. Bess Body says:

    NB...HIV STANDS FOR Human, Immunodeficiency, Virus....In future when referring to this virus please do not type "HIV Virus" its redundant!