New Test On Monkeys Could Give HIV Immunity

December 10, 2008

UK (ChattahBox) – Successful tests in monkeys that raise immunity to HIV have scientists and doctors excitedly contemplating the likelihood of a new drug to combat the disease. According to the science journal ‘Nature’, monkeys infected with the disease lived twice as long as those who were not treated after just one treatment, and it seems likely that multiple doses could be delivered to a single patient.

The truly amazing part about this research is that this was all done without antiretrovirals, which are so far the only real treatment available for HIV, and that tend to cause heavy side effects and damage during prolonged usage. And not only that, but the monkeys given the treatment were not in the stages of HIV…they had already moved to advanced stages of AIDS.

While it is being theorized that this could lead to an eventual cure for the disease in multiple doses, according to Dr Rama Amara, one of the scientists leading the study, it’s a ways off.

“It is critical to induce protective immune responses targeting the mutated virus for developing a successful immune therapy to control HIV infection.”


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