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Alcohol, Cocaine Abuse Drug May Hold Clues in AIDS Cure Quest

A drug used commonly to treat alcohol abuse will be tested as a way of purging the last vestiges of HIV from patients, extending the hunt for an AIDS cure.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and Johns Hopkins University plan to recruit 20 HIV-infected people for a trial of the drug, Antabuse. They aim to see whether it can deplete the pool of residual virus that regular AIDS drugs don’t clear, according to details of the study on ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry of trials maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.