Danish scientists are closing in on finding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV, based on their current research undergoing clinical trials. The "novel strategy" is designed to allow the immune system to destroy HIV permanently.
HIV Cure Coming Soon
Danish scientists are expecting the results of their new research undergoing clinical trial which will find a way for a mass-distributable and affordable cure against HIV. They are currently conducting clinical trials to test a "novel strategy."
The strategy they designed is to strip HIV virus from human DNA and allow the immune system to destroy it permanently. This move would represent a dramatic step forward in an attempt to cure patients suffering from HIV and, hopefully, to bring a new pathway soon to relieve AIDS patients as well.
Effectiveness as of Now
The new strategy used by Danish scientists has been found working under laboratory conditions, and they are hoping to prove its effectiveness by conducting clinical trials. The technique involved the release of HIV virus from "reservoirs" it forms in DNA cells which will bring it to the surface of the cells. Once it has reached the surface, the immune system of patient can kill the virus effectively through a vaccine-boosted mechanism.
In January 2013, the Danish Research Council awarded the research team with 12 million Danish kroner - equivalent to £1.5 million - on their pursuit and successful results in vitro settings.
"The challenge will be getting the patients' immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it. This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune system," said by Dr. Ole Søgaard, quoted by UKZambians.co.uk.
There are 15 patients currently taking the clinical trials of the new technique and if the results are found successful, a wider scale test of the "cure" will performed.
Current Treatment and Management for HIV
Since no cure or vaccine is available against HIV, management is the only thing modern science can do to help prevent, reduce and control transmission or infection from the virus. Modern HIV treatment and prevention includes:
- Use of HAART or Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy which combines several antiretroviral drugs to control HIV replication.
- HIV Post-exposure Prophylaxis or PEPE which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. It is a 28-day HIV drug regimen for those that have been exposed to HIV. It is also believed that PEP won't be effective anymore if given later than 72 hours after exposure.
- Use of condoms to reduce risk of HIV transmission. It is effective in reducing risk of contracting gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV and other STDs.
- Microbicide which may kill bacteria or virus transmission during sexual intercourse.
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