HIV 'Cure' Looks 'Promising,' Danish Scientists Contend

  1. April 29 (HealthDay News) -- Danish scientists testing a novel HIV treatment in human trials contend that they're confident their strategy will result in a cure for the AIDS-causing virus, according to news reports.
    The technique -- already tested successfully in lab experiments -- involves freeing the HIV virus from DNA cells, where it collects in "reservoirs," and bringing it to the surface of the cells, the Telegraph in Great Britain reported. Once the virus has surfaced, it can be permanently destroyed by a "vaccine" that primes the body's natural immune system, the researchers said.

    "I am almost certain that we will be successful in releasing the reservoirs of HIV," said Dr. Ole Sogaard, a senior researcher at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, according to the news report. So far the clinical trials are "promising," he said. ...

    ... Sogaard said a "cure" is different than a preventative vaccine. That means continued awareness of unsafe behaviors -- such as avoiding unprotected sex or sharing needles for intravenous drug use -- is still the key to combating HIV. ...
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   tewdles
  4. by   herring_RN
    A caller to talk radio said he doesn't believe "they" want a cure because there is minimal profit curing HIV compared to the expensive medication needed to treat it as a chronic disease.

    I disagree. I think if the scientists are successful Denmark and other European countries may make it available first. It can treat the young people in Africa. Doctors in the United States will use it as soon as possible.
    I prayed for their success.
    Last edit by herring_RN on May 4, '13 : Reason: typos
  5. by   tewdles
    I wonder if that caller has a tin hat...