Danish Scientists: HIV Cure Could be Months Away
A potential cure for HIV could be found within a few months, according to Danish scientists.
Researchers in Denmark have already been successful in proving the effectiveness of their potential cure on infected human skin cells. Now, they are trying their vaccine on human subjects, the Telegraph reports
In January, Denmark’s government awarded a team of researchers an additional $2 million grant to start clinical trials for a potential cure to HIV. The second phase of the project, currently underway, would try the cure on 15 of the nation’s 5,500 HIV-positive patients.
The new treatment will involve flushing out the virus from the “reservoirs” inside DNA cells. Once the virus is on the DNA’s surface, the body’s immune system, with the aid of the vaccine, will find and destroy it.
“The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognize the virus and destroy it,”Dr. Ole Søgaard, a senior researcher at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and part of the research team, said “This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems.”