HIV Patients May be Cured!
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine are studying radioimmunotherapy (RIT) to kill off HIV-infected cells.
Dr. Ekaterina Dadachova and colleagues are using highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to stop the reproduction of the HIV virus. However, diseased cells may still exist in the body prohibiting a lasting cure.
"In an HIV patient on HAART, drugs suppress viral replication, which means they keep the number of viral particles in a patient's bloodstream very low. However, HAART cannot kill the HIV-infected cells. Any strategy for curing HIV infection must include a method to eliminate viral-infected cells." Dr. Dadachova was quoted as saying.
RIT is also used to treat cancer, but with HAART the therapies can kill all affected cells. Clinical trials have not been done for this study, but it is the next step.
For more information, go to: http://www.healthcanal.com/infections/hiv-and-aids/45499-new-research-shows-promise-for-possible-hiv-cure.html
SOURCE: Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), December 2013
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