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Medical Is this the beginning of the end for HIV

  1. Jan 28, 2017 #1

    wolram

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    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170125214617.htm

    This seems to be a very good start to controlling HIV I am no doctor but this research seems encouraging.


    "What we've shown in this study is that after several rounds of escape from these particular antibodies, the virus seems to run out of options," she adds. "In this particular case, HIV eventually loses this arms race.
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2017 #2

    mfb

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    They got the promising sample from a patient living with HIV for at least 30 years. He is still living, yes, but he has carried around the virus the whole time.

    Even if that approach is transferable to other humans (which is completely unclear), it doesn't look like an approach to get rid of HIV. It would be a better way to stop the evolution to AIDS.
     
  4. Jan 28, 2017 #3

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    Seems like the approach can only suppress viral replication but not eliminate it from the body (which would be required for a cure). Current combination therapies (HAART) already do a good job of suppressing viral replication and are much easier and cheaper to manufacture than antibodies. It's nice to have options in case drug resistance arises to current therapies, but the discovery does not really move us closer to a cure.
     
  5. Jan 28, 2017 #4

    wolram

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    Thank you for your replies:biggrin:
     
  6. Jan 28, 2017 #5
    I think the subject can react because has good amount of leucosit and mentioned in the site the "elite controllers" but then its sound like we can resist the HIV 100% but i think its not 100%. If it came from another human body will it match our body? Cause our body is different one to another. Its more like vaccine i think.

    Correct me if i'm wrong. Above its just my opinion
     
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