Medical News Summary: AIDS cure progressing


About: AIDS cure progressing
Date: 3 January 2005
Source: Elites TV
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Elites TV): The highly active antiretroviral therapy or HAART treatment for AIDS was approved in 1995 after it was found to virtually stop the bodyís production of new AIDS viruses to an undetectable level. This however does not provide a cure as the virus returns with a vengeance once the treatment is stopped or changed in any way. Researchers realized that the AIDS virus simply became dormant making it undetectable and protected. Virologists at the Thomas Jefferson University then tried to find a way to bring the virus out of itís dormant state so that it would be available for attack. The found that the immune protein called interleukin-7 combined with other immune proteins was capable of reactivating the virus, thus making it vulnerable to HAART and the bodyís immune system. This knowledge may be used to develop a permanent cure for the disease.
Related Disease Topics: AIDS, HIV, Virus

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