New Method Of Treatment May Finally Fight HIV

May 20, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A new, interesting approach to treating HIV may have been discovered, after a simian immunodeficiency virus was found to protect monkeys against HIV.

SIV is a the primate version of HIV, a less devastating, but still highly dangerous, disease. But it was found to have some positive effects after researchers injected the virus into a group of monkeys and found that it protected them from HIV, building a protective layer of antibodies.

“First we worked through mice and showed we could do it with mice, and now we’ve shown that we can actually transfer these genes into monkeys and protect these animals from SIV,” Dr. Philip R. Johnson, the head researcher on the project, explained.

“We thought perhaps we could take the genes that represent these antibodies off the shelf, so to speak, give them directly to patients and, in essence, bypass the immune system.”

The study has been published in Nature Medicine.


One Response to “New Method Of Treatment May Finally Fight HIV”

  1. matt on May 20th, 2009 12:50 pm

    Does this mean that the potential vaccine can be used to fight already infected with the virus or as a preventative measure for people without the virus?

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