It remains clear that the primary obstacle to curing HIV is the latent reservoir of virus that is impervious to standard antiretroviral drugs and persists under the radar of an immune system attack.
Intriguing finding has scientific community abuzz
In a novel approach to conquering HIV, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is pairing HIV researchers with bioengineers to address the main barrier to a cure for HIV: the persistent reservoirs of virus not cleared by antiretroviral therapy. A new round of Investment grants, totaling $1.2 million, will support six new research projects aimed at bringing to bear highly advanced technologies that until recently might have belonged in the pages of a science fiction novel.
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have received $2.5 million from the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences to test two never-before-combined HIV treatments on patients.
Gene therapy — which involves modifying genetic material, such as DNA and RNA — holds exciting potential as a cure for numerous diseases and conditions, including HIV.
From time to time, stories appear in the media about possible cases of an HIV cure. How should a reader assess stories like this? What should you look for?