HIV Cure Could Be Found ‘Within Months,’ Scientists Say

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By: / May 2, 2013

Researchers in Denmark may be on the brink of finding a cure for the HIV disease sooner than we think.

Scientists at Denmark’s Aarhus University Hospital believe they are “within months” of a breakthrough that could lead to an affordable cure for the millions of people living with HIV, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The potential cure reportedly involves flushing out HIV from “reservoirs” in human DNAs to the surface of cells then using a vaccine that would allow the human body to kill the virus with its 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. ““The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognize the virus and destroy it. This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems.”

The technique has worked on human cells in the laboratory, though 15 patients are undergoing preliminary trials worth $2 million funded by the Danish Research Council.

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