44 year old man in England is perhaps the first man in history who was cured of AIDS. Scientists working on experimental therapy say that the patient’s body is completely clear of HIV viruses. The team is collected from five leading universities in the UK and has conducted clinical trials with 50 patients.
Mark Samuels, director of the Institute for Health Research, told the Sunday Times:
“This is one of the first serious attempts at a full cure for HIV,” said Mark Samuels, managing director of the National Institute for Health Research Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure.
“We are exploring the real possibility of curing HIV. This is a huge challenge and it’s still early days but the progress has been remarkable.”
Currently, antiretroviral therapies may attack T-cells which are infected with HIV, but can not eliminate those in which the virus is latent. This means that the patient’s body continues to produce the virus. “This therapy is specifically designed to clear the body of all HIV viruses, including dormant ones.”- said Professor Sarah Fidler, a consultant physician at Imperial College London.
The therapy works on two levels – the first is a special vaccine that help the body to recognize HIV-infected cells and a drug called Vorinostat, activates all latent T-cells. This method can give the immune system of patients everything necessary to deal once and for all with the insidious disease.
The cured patient remains anonymous, but it is known that he is a 44-years-old social worker from London. “It would be great if a cure has happened,” he said. “My last blood test was a couple of weeks ago and there is no detectable virus. However, that could be the anti-retroviral therapies, so we have to wait to be sure.”
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