Bee venom and HIV?
There are stranger things that go on in the world of science, however not many are as surprising as bee venom’s ability to cure HIV. This may be one of the most unique discoveries so far. According to scientists there is potential for a vaginal gel that could stop HIV in its tracks, and it’s very close to being available.
The idea that bee venom can help to prevent the spread of HIV in areas of the world where the disease is still being spread at epidemic levels is a true break through. According to Dr. Joshua Hood there is a very real possibility that a vaginal gel that is infused with nano particles containing Bee venom will get HIV under control.
Nanoparticles containing bee venom toxin melittin can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while at the same time leaving surrounding cells unharmed, scientists from Washington University School of Medicine reported in the March 2013 issue of Antiviral Therapy.
It almost sounds like science fiction, however melittin nanoparticles have been proven to fight other viruses and even some tumors in past research. This is possible due to how the melittin attacks the membranes of the virus. This protective coating that surrounds many viruses is part of the reason they are so hard to fight. Hood has formed his belief that bee venom nanoparticles can help wipe out HIV because it has been a proven drug therapy in the lab.
The study that took place in cells in a lab and were successful. One of the best things about the potential of this therapy is that the particles are easily produced which means that the therapy would be very inexpensive. It is thought that this type of therapy could be used when one partner is HIV positive and the other is not and they want to conceive a baby, which could have a significant effect on HIV/AIDS rates in developing countries.
Of course the greatest application is putting an end to the spread of the HIV infection. The nanoparticles are completely safe for vaginal cells and sperm cells, however Hood said with a little tweaking it could possibly used as a birth control method in the future much like other spermacides.
Using the nanoparticles, bee venom could be easily replicated as a method to kill HIV and help to contain the spread of the disease. In addition to the millions of lives this research may save, it can also reduce health care costs associated with HIV by helping to reduce the number of people that are newly infected.