By Jane Nambi
An HIV cure is expected within months, Danish scientists say.
Danish Scientists of Aarhus University Hospital believe that they are within reach of finding the HIV long-awaited cure. The said cure
involves flushing the HIV from “reservoirs” in human DNA to the surface of cells. With a separate vaccine, the human body would then be able to kill the virus with its own immune system.
“I am almost certain that we will be successful in releasing the reservoirs of HIV,” said Aarhus University research team member Dr Ole Søgaard, who remained optimistic about the potential results. “The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it. This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems,” he added.
The technique has only been successful on human cells in a laboratory but only 15 patients with HIV are currently participating in trials funded by $2 million from the Danish Research Council.