Scandinavia – Danish researchers are hopeful that results from their latest HIV treatment prove successful in curing the disease that has deeply affected parts of the world and millions of people, reports the Telegraphy.
The Danish approach is wonderful in that it completely turns the tables on the dreaded virus by breaking the bond it has on human DNA and allowing the body’s own immune system to lay waste of it.
“I am almost certain that we will be successful in releasing the reservoirs of HIV,” said Dr. Ole Sogaard, a senior researcher at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, according to the news report. So far the clinical trials are “promising,” he said.
Laboratory tests have already proved successful, and the study now moves to testing humans. If the Danes deliver on their research, the HIV solution is expected to be mass-producible and affordable.
The HIV virus has thus far been able to create special “reservoirs” deep inside human DNA which allow it to thrive outside of the body’s immune defenses. The Danish solution causes the HIV to be released from those reservoirs and rise to the cellular-level where the body’s immune system removes it from the body.
In January, a test of the HIV virus against living human cells provided a successful proof of concept and the Danish government awarded researchers at Aarhus University Hospital 12 million Danish kroner to extend the tests to human beings.
“The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognize the virus and destroy it. This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems,” Sogaard said, the newspaper reported.
The initial sample of patients is fifteen, and if only one is cured of HIV infection then larger clinical trials will be planned.
Over the past several decades, numerous attempts to develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine have failed.
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