Scientists find possible AIDS vaccine

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

The treatment made the virus completely disappear from the system of one subject

A group of British researchers have made a breakthrough to find a cure for AIDS. After several studies, they managed to completely eradicate the virus from the biological system of a 44 year-old man, within a group of 50 people who participated in the test.

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Although the results are not conclusive, experts say by 2017 they will submit something more concrete to fight this terrible disease that currently afflicts a large percentage of the world population.

When HIV takes over the body, a part of it is active; it can be seen in the body's immune system and is often controlled with various medications, however, another part of the virus hides within the cells in a dormant state, thus creating what is known as the "HIV reservoir."

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Through these groups of cells, the virus penetrates into the patient's DNA, making it impervious to treatment and preventing its complete eradication.

The new treatment involves a type of drugs called "HDAC inhibitors", which are normally used to fight cancer. These drugs activate dormant HIV cells and thus may be attacked with drugs for antiretroviral therapy (ART).

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This revolutionary technique was designed by scientists from several universities in the United Kingdom, and the treatment managed to completely eliminate the virus from one patient's body, even in places where it was inactive.

If the treatment is successful, it could change the lives of approximately 37 million people infected with AIDS in the world, however it won’t be until next year when the results are presented, as scientists still need to do some tests before presenting what could be, according to them, the new vaccine that will save millions of lives.

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