British Man Cured Of HIV Virus
Finally, scientists have found a cure for HIV, a 44-year-old man from England is possibly the first person to be cured of HIV. After undergoing various experimental new therapies conducted by the scientists the man is free from the HIV virus as it is completely undetectable in his blood.At present several tests have been conducted on over 50 people by a team gathered from five UK universities. Speaking with The Sunday Times, Mark Samuels, managing director of the National Institute for Health Research Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure said -“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.”
The current treatments available includes antiretroviral therapies, which can target active T-cells which are infected with HIV but they cannot treat dormant T-cells. As a result of which the patient’s body continues to reproduce the HIV virus.
Professor Sarah Fidler, a consultant physician at Imperial College London speaking with the media said-“This therapy is specifically designed to clear the body of all HIV viruses, including dormant ones.”
The new treatment works in two stages where a vaccine helps the body recognize HIV-infected cells and a drug called Vorinostat activates the dormant T-cells. This treatment enables the patient to activate the tools required by the immune system desperately needs.
The identity of the patient cured is not known, though the brief details known, suggest he is a social care worker in London. The man is thrilled about the results said – “It would be great if a cure has happened. My last blood test was a couple of weeks ago and there is no detectable HIV virus.”
Professor Sarah Fidler feels the research is still a long way from a complete therapy said – “We will continue with medical tests for the next five years and at the moment we are not recommending stopping Art but in the future, depending on the test results we may explore this.”