A breakthrough for HIV may come ‘within months’, claim Danish researchers, who are testing a new and cheaper technique to strip the deadly virus from human DNA and destroy it permanently.
Danish scientists are expecting results that will show that â€œfinding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV is possibleâ€.
They are conducting clinical trials to test a â€œnovel strategyâ€ in which the HIV virus is stripped from human DNA and destroyed permanently by the immune system.
The move would represent a dramatic step forward in the attempt to find a cure for the virus, which causes Aids.
The scientists are currently conducting human trials on their treatment, in the hope of proving that it is effective. It has already been found to work in laboratory tests.
The technique involves releasing the HIV virus from â€œreservoirsâ€ it forms in DNA cells, bringing it to the surface of the cells. Once it comes to the surface, the bodyâ€™s natural immune system can kill the virus through being boosted by a â€œvaccineâ€.
Fifteen patients are currently taking part in the trials, and if they are found to have successfully been cured of HIV, the â€œcureâ€ will be tested on a wider scale.