HIV cure hope after UK trial of pioneering virus treatment

A British man with HIV undergoing a pioneering treatment hopes to become the first in the world to be cured of the virus, it has been reported.

Scientists treating the 44-year-old patient said he has shown “remarkable” progress under the therapy, designed to track down and destroy the virus in every part of the body.

He is the first of 50 people to complete a trial of the treatment, described as “one of the first serious attempts at a full cure for HIV”.

HIV is the virus which causes AIDS – which leaves an individual’s immune system too weak to be able to fight off infection.

If the bid to find an irreversible cure is successful, it could not only save the NHS millions of pounds but also offer hope to the almost 37 million people living with HIV globally.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the most serious HIV and AIDS epidemic in the world, with Southern Africa the worst affected region.

The trailblazing research is being carried out by a collaboration of five of the UK’s top universities organised by the NHS.

Mark Samuels, managing director of the National Institute for Health Research Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure, told the Sunday Times: “This is one of the first serious attempts at a full cure for HIV… see more

source: skynews

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