The HIV virus became undetectable in in the blood of a HIV-positive patient after he was given revolutionary new therapy.
Groundbreaking new therapy which is designed to seek out and kill the HIV virus inside the human body might be the first real cure for the disease. A 44-year-old British man who was given the treatment might be the first person in the world to be fully cured of HIV.
Several tests failed to find HIV in the person’s – who was not named – blood, but doctors are saying it is still too early to celebrate.
Regardless, the virus has since not been found through blood tests and the man had made “remarkable progress”, researchers have said.
The pioneer therapy is the first designed to hunt down the virus anywhere and anywhere in the human body and execute it on the spot. This include dormant cells, which until this day evade all forms of treatment.
The cure is a collaborative effort from doctors and scientists at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London and King’s College London, with clinical trials being funded by the UK’s National Health Service.
Close to 37 million people around the world are currently living with the HIV virus, which stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and is mainly transmitted sexually or through infected needs.
The disease itself doesn’t kill an infected person, but it weakens a person’s immune system by destroying cells responsible of protecting the human body against disease and infection – leaving them vulnerable and making the mildest of illnesses extremely fatal.
Despite the results, a lot of testing must be done to see if it actually is a cure. Hopefully the world will be rid of HIV very soon.