By Lawrence Audu

Anna Popova
Anna Popova, Head of the federal health and epidemic watchdog 

The fight against the deadly HIV scourge has achieved another as Russian Central Research Institute of Epidemiology has developed a new gene therapy medicine for people with the infection.

Head of the federal health and epidemic watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova made this known on Wednesday.

“The Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor created a fundamentally new drug for gene therapy, gene prophylactic treatment and molecular vaccination against HIV,” Popova said on the sidelines of an international conference on HIV and AIDS in Moscow.

“A highly active antiviral drug called Dinavir, which will soon be clinically tested, has been created.” Popova added.

The official noted that Russia was facing a number of problems related to treatment of HIV and AIDS, including high prices for treatment and lack of proper medication.

Hope for Africa

This breakthrough is a clear indication that hope has finally arrived for the millions in sub Saharan Africa living with HIV and AIDS where the disease has claimed countless lives and orphaned millions.