Treatment Review No. 23 - December 1996
A new drug called lobucavir is being studied for the treatment
of newly diagnosed CMV retinitis. CMV retinitis is an infection
caused by a herpesvirus that people with low T4 cells can get.
If untreated, the infection leads to blindness. Lobucavir is an
antiviral drug that is active against many different
herpesviruses, as well as HIV. In an early study, lobucavir
reduced the amount of HIV in the blood by over 90%. Lobucavir
is a pill that is taken 4 times a day. Call the Network if
you'd like a referral to the study site.