HIV Cure May Be On The Horizon

According to Danish researchers, a new HIV treatment might be ready for human trials. The potential cure has already proved to be effective on infected human skin cells. The next step is to test the treatment on human patients.

The new therapy 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 aide of a vaccine, will find and destroy it.

“The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognize the virus and destroy it,” Dr. Soggard, a senior researcher in the department of infectious disease at Aarhus University Hospital, said. “This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems.”

What remains to be seen is how effective this new treatment will be.