Update: Major HIV Breakthrough May Be On the Horizon

UPDATE: The lead scientist in the Danish HIV study, Ole Søgaard, now claims he was misquoted in the original interview with The Telegraph suggesting that an HIV cure was only months away. He says that in the next few months, the preliminary results of the study will be released, but that a viable cure is likely years away. This research still represents an important step in making HIV treatment accessible to ordinary people.

—-

A group of researchers at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark have announced that they’ve started clinical trials testing a revolutionary new approach to fighting HIV. While there have been a few major breakthroughs in recent years — including an infant and an adult man who have apparently been “cured” of the disease — these cases had little practical impact on the lives of most people living with HIV.

In the case of the baby in Mississippi, treatment was started immediately after the baby was born, before doctors had even confirmed that she was HIV positive. This was fantastic news for newborns with HIV positive mothers, but not very helpful to anyone already living with the virus.

The other case involved a patient who underwent a bone marrow transplant, which apparently cured him of HIV. Again, not a great option for the majority of people already living with HIV. It’s expensive, painful, dangerous, and of course, bone marrow donors are hard to come by — particularly those with the HIV-resistant genetic mutation this donor had.

This is precisely why this new Danish trial is so exciting. Instead of treatments that may only be able to help or cure a select few, this new approach may be able to help anyone infected with HIV. The cost savings to patients and healthcare systems around the world could be huge — instead of taking drugs to keep the virus in check for the rest of their lives, patients could simply have a one-time round of treatment and go back to living a normal life.

Essentially, the treatment releases the virus from its hiding place within human DNA, bringing it to the surface of a cell. At that point, the body’s own immune defenses, boosted with immunotherapy treatments, can destroy the virus. So far, 15 people have been treated with this technique, with research set to expand in coming months.

Still, while scientists may identify a promising possible cure in 2013, it may be as many as 5 years before it becomes widely available outside of trials. When it does become accessible to everyone, doctors and scientists will likely need to warn people that a treatment is not the same as a vaccine. Preventing HIV by practicing safe sex and avoiding risky behaviors will always be a better deal for your body and your bank account.

 

Related Stories:

Is This The HIV Cure We’ve Been Waiting For?

New HIV-Prevention Drug Approved by FDA

Could a Bee Venom-Based Vaginal Gel End HIV?

Photo credit: Tom Hart via Flickr

112 comments

Jasper L.
Jasper L.9 months ago

My mouth is short of words, i am so so happy because DR.UNUAREGHE

has healed me from HIV ailment which i have been suffering for the

past 5years now, i have spend a lot getting drugs from the

hospital to keep me healthy, i have tried all means in life to always

become Hiv negative , but there was no answer until i

found DR.UNUAREGHE the prince of africa who provide me some

healing spell that he uses to help me, now i am glad telling everyone

that i am now HIV Negative, i am very very happy, thank you DR.UNUAREGHE

for helping my life comes back newly without anyform of crisis, may

the good lord that i serve blessed you DR.UNAREGHE and equip you to the

higher grade for healing my life. i am so amazed. so i will announced

to everyone in this whole world that is HIV positive to please follow

my advice and get healed on time, because we all knows that HIV

disease is a deadly type of diseases and it has no medical cure apart from herb,contact DR.UNUAREGHE for your Hiv healing spell

today at:DR.UNUAREGHECURINGHOME@GMAIL.COM. He will be always happy to

assist you online and ensure you get healed on time.




Past Member
Past Member about a year ago

Good day My Name is Mike mougar i am here to share a great testimony of my life i was cure from HIV by a Doctor Name DR CUBA i have been HIV for 5 year i saw doctor Email on the internet so i contact him and i explain to him i follow up the instruction behold 6 days later after taking the cure i went for a HIV text to my surprise it was Negative my family doctor was surprise my husband who abandon me was surprise my brother if you no that you are positive please i will advise you to contact him now and see for your self his Email is drcubatemple@gmail.com why is website is......[ www.dr-cubatemple.webs.com] and also you can contact on whatsapp +2347038965900

sandra vito
Sandra Vitoabout a year ago

Gracias

Wellity M.
Wellity M.1 years ago

Drezomo God will continue to bless you more abundantly, for the good
works you are doing in peoples life, I will keep on writing good and
posting testimonies about you on the Internet, I’m mellisa Moore from
united kingdom I was tested HIV positive, I saw a blog on how drezomo
cured people, i did not believe but i just decided to give him a
try, I contacted him and also got my healing, i am so happy. If you are
also infected with any disease, you can contact him on his Email:
drezomospellhome@hotmail.com

Tom R.
Tom R.1 years ago

admin, please delete the irresponsible post below by Ethan E. promoting a quack doctor's quack medicine.

Ethan E.
Ethan Ella1 years ago

A great thanks to doctor abegbe for his help again he cured me since last 2 year from hiv, he did it again, I bring my friend to him and he didn’t disappointed me and he did same to her thanks doctor for your help am very happy to see will both are cure, and I go for test too along with her am still negetive I don’t where he get his power from but he cure through curing spell that will take like 45mins I have 100% assrance about his cure you can get your self cured from hiv now by contacting him on his email dr.abegbespellhome@hotmail.com or dr.abegbespellhome@gmail.com +2348167022540

Don Swanz
Don Swanz2 years ago

PLEASE read my three (3) previous Posts. Don and WE CAN! :-))

vicky T.
vicky T.2 years ago

The world could use some more hope!

Don Swanz
Don Swanz2 years ago

MARIAN D: I may be going out on a limb here; but in my opinion you are nothing but a BS and con artist and Post such as yours have absolutely no place on sites such as ours and are no different from the other sales and spam Posts that I've flagged as "inappropriate". Goodby. See my previous Post on this subject.

Don and I CAN! :-))

Don Swanz
Don Swanz2 years ago

All MAJOR breakthroughs are (JUST) on the horizon and HIV is absolutely no different BREAST CARNER and/or LUNG CANCER or any other major killer of human life. This Post is terribly misleading and contains more BS than substance.

Come on folks the information about the baby in Mississippi was posted previously as an HIV cure when in FACT, the baby was being treated for HIV and cured, even before the HIV was confirmed. ??????????

Some Post simply make me sick and this is one of them. Offering hope and a cure when and where none exist. Don and I CAN! :-))