Researchers Report That A Cure For HIV Maybe Near!
More than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and approximately 38,000 people contract it every year.
Worse, approximately 16,000 American’s die each year from the disease.
While antiviral drugs can treat the disease and reduce the HIV viral load to undetectable levels, in the vast majority of cases, if the patient stops taking a daily cocktail of drugs, the disease returns. These drugs are expensive and intrude upon the life of HIV victims.
According to a research team at the University of Michigan Medical School, because of a protein called “Nef,” HIV can remain dormant for decades and re-emerge when patients stop taking antiviral drugs. HIV hides behind Nef and tricks the body’s immune system into believing that HIV infected cells are healthy.
The University of Michigan team believes that it has learned how to inhibit Nef, without causing other problems, and allow the body’s immune system to recognize and kill infected cells.
While this therapy is not yet ready for human trials, it is a breakthrough that has the potential to cure HIV in the relatively near future.
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