Since aciclovir works by decreasing the production of the virus's DNA, one might fear that it also damages DNA of healthy cells. I know that it is usually said that aciclovir doesn't affect healthy cells, but I heared recently rumors that there might be a longterm negative effects on the DNA of the patient.
So my question is the following:
- Are there any scientific studies which evaluated the longterm effects on DNA of aciclovir and what are the results.
- What are the mechanisms which ensure that it indeed doesn't affect healthy cells?