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Danish Breakthrough for HIV cure expected ‘within months’

The story was published by The Sydney Morning Hearld , it was also published by many others. I believe that the Danes are on the right track. Finding a way to release/flush out the hidden reservoirs (insert HDAC inhibitors) of HIV from our DNA and then having other drugs or our own boosted immune system (or a combination of both) eliminate them/inhibit future replication, sounds like a strong plausible basis for a cure. Wearing my optimists hat, I wish the Danish researchers and their collaborators speed and efficiency in their endeavor.

After posting this page I received some valid criticism from Gus Cains re hype. The original article has been resubmitted¬†¬† Scientists’ hope for HIV cure

Below the original article.

Danish breakthrough for HIV cure expected ‘within months’

Jake Wallis-Simons
Published: April 29, 2013 – 3:00AM

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A breakthrough in the search for a cure for HIV will come ”within months”, researchers believe.

Danish scientists are expecting results showing that it will be possible to find a cure that is both affordable and can be provided to a large number of people.

They are running clinical trials to test a ”novel strategy” in which the HIV virus, which causes AIDS, is stripped from human DNA and destroyed by the immune system.

It has already been found to work in laboratory tests and the scientists are now running human trials.

The technique involves releasing the HIV virus from ”reservoirs” it forms in DNA cells, bringing it to the surface of the cells. Once it comes to the surface, the body’s immune system can kill the virus through being boosted by a ”vaccine”.

In vitro studies – those that use human cells in a laboratory – of the new technique proved so successful that in January the Danish Research Council awarded the team 12 million kroner ($2 million) to pursue clinical trials with human subjects.

Ole Sogaard, a senior researcher at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark who is leading the study, said: ”I am almost certain we will be successful in releasing the reservoirs of HIV.

”The challenge will be getting the immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it. This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems.”

Fifteen patients are taking part in the trials, and if they are found to have been cured of HIV, the process will be tested on a wider scale.

The technique uses drugs called HDAC inhibitors, more commonly employed in treating cancer.

It is also being researched in Britain, but studies have not yet moved on to the clinical trial stage.

Telegraph, London

This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/danish-breakthrough-for-hiv-cure-expected-within-months-20130428-2imnp.htm

For some more hope read the article below

University of Minnesota doctors try to cure boy of HIV, cancer in risky operation