Scientists from five British Universities have reportedly found a full cure to deadly disease, HIB/AIDS going by a recent blood test.
According to a report by Vanguard Newspaper, a British man with HIV, who is undergoing a pioneering treatment to cure him, has shown remarkable progress.
The research, which is reportedly being carried out by a collaboration of five of Britain’s top universities, is organised by the National Health Service.
A British newspaper report says scientists treating the 44-year-old patient are hopeful of a breakthrough in the experts attempts at a full cure for HIV.
It was also reported that recent blood test results showed that the man has no detectable HIV was present.
The new therapy aims to overcome a major barrier to clearing the virus from a sufferer’s body that has challenged researchers for decades.
The research by Oxford and Cambridge universities, Imperial College London, University College London, and King’s College London, is testing a “kick and kill” technique to first expose, then destroy the virus.
First a vaccine helps the body find infected T-cells. This is then followed by a course of the drug Vorinostat that awakens the dormant T-cells, which then begin producing HIV proteins that act as a homing beacon to the immune system.
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. We are exploring the real possibility of curing HIV. This is a huge challenge and it’s still early days but the progress has been remarkable.”
On her part, Imperial College London consultant physician, Professor Sarah Fidler said the treatment worked in the laboratory and there was “good evidence” it will work in patients.
The trial patient told the newspaper that recent blood tests showed no detectable HIV virus was present, although it was too early to confirm that the treatment had worked.