Friday, May 3, 2013

Scientists May Find A Cure For HIV Within Months

Scientists on brink of HIV cure

According to Telegraph, Danish scientists have found a possible cure for HIV and are conducting human trials on their treatment, with positive expectations of the outcome a cure for the sexually transmitted disease can be found in months
Danish scientists are hoping for results that will show that “finding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV is possible”.
They are conducting a clinical trial to test a “novel strategy” in which the HIV virus is "reactivated" from its hiding place within human DNA and potentially destroyed permanently by the immune system.
The move would represent a step forward in the attempt to find a cure for the virus, which causes Aids.
The scientists are currently conducting human trials on their treatment, in the hope of proving that it is effective. It has already been found to work in laboratory tests.
The technique involves unmasking the “reservoirs” formed by the HIV virus inside resting immune cells, bringing it to the surface of the cells. Once it comes to the surface, the body’s natural immune system may be able to kill the virus.
 In vitro studies — those that use human cells in a laboratory — of the new technique proved so successful that in January, the Danish Research Council awarded the team 12 million Danish kroner (£1.5 million) to pursue their findings in clinical trials with human subjects.
These are now under way, and according to Dr Ole S√łgaard, a senior researcher at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and part of the research team, the early signs are “promising”.
The article goes on to say that they are only testing patients who have recently contracted the virus because the outcome may be more effective and also even though we may find a cure it will not be released on a mass scale for another five years and their isn't anything that can prevent the disease only treat. So still people use protection when having sex, their are still many other deadly sexually transmitted infections not just HIV.
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