FRESH HOPES FOR AN HIV CURE AS SCIENTISTS ANNOUNCE BREAKTHROUGH – It’s a disease that affects over 33 million people worldwide and one, since its discovery, has left many scientist wondering if a cure for HIV and AIDS could ever be found.
Today Danish scientists announce another breakthrough using a technique which strips the HIV virus from the human DNA which then allows the body’s natural immune system to attack and kill the virus.
According to Danish scientists they are on the brink of finally being able to cure patients with HIV that could give new life to millions of suffers around the world.
Currently clinical trials are underway using the new technique at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Fifteen patients have agreed to act in the trials and if the results of these trials are successful scientists at the University Hospital will then conduct trials on a wider population group.
“I am ‘almost certain’ scientists would be successful in releasing reservoirs of HIV to the surface of DNA cells. 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 systems.” Dr Ole Søgaard, a senior researcher on the project
Dr Ole Søgaard also went on to say that if this technique does work it could be made available to anyone with HIV and at a cost that is affordable.
The U.S Government just recently halted trials of another experimental HIV drug after test results concluded that it did not prevent HIV infection or reduce the number of HIV cells in the blood stream of those 2,500 people who co-operated in the experiments.
Modern drugs are able to suppress the HIV virus in sufferers to a point where a patient can live a near normal life and even live to old age but these drugs do result in some side effects. These current available drugs do not cure HIV but rather suppress the virus from duplicating, however if the patient ceases to take the drugs the affects of HIV reappears within a period of two weeks or less.
Governments around the world have been funding scientific research for decades in the hope of finding a cure as the growing cost of current drugs takes a huge toll on Health Service funding.
The Danish Government recently awarded funding of £1.5 million to the University Hospital in order to continue with the clinical trials.
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