British Man May be Cured of HIV Thanks to New Experimental Treatment

A British man may be the first person to be cured of HIV from a new therapy that targets the virus even in its dormant state. The 44-year-old man is just one of the 50 people undergoing the trail treatment, according to the Sunday Times. The virus is completely undetectable in the man’s blood. “This is one of the first serious attempts at a full cure for HIV,” said Mark Samuels, managing director of the National Institute for Health Research Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure. “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.”

According to the Telegraph: “The new therapy works in two stages. Firstly, a vaccine helps the body recognize the HIV-infected cells so it can clear them out. Secondly, a new drug called Vorinostat activates the dormant T-cells so they can be spotted by the immune system.”

 

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