New treatment could lead to the eradication of HIV

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    http://www.canada.com/treatment+could+lead+eradication/1720227/story.html

    Scientists have found a new way to fight -- and possibly eradicate -- HIV, according to a study released Sunday by Canadian and U.S. researchers

    The new "weapon" will combine antiretroviral therapy, the current treatment for HIV/AIDS, with a new one the researchers are calling an intelligent targeted chemotherapy.
     
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    http://www.canada.com/health/Treatment+sanctuary+cells+creates+path+possible+cure+researchers/1720793/story.html

    If a patient shows success with current treatments, then the new treatment can target the cells, killing those last remaining ones, and "the patient will remain virus-free for a long time or forever," said Routy.


    Some HIV-positive patients do not respond to antiretroviral therapy. For those patients, zapping the cell will not likely yield any significant results.


    However, Routy said antiretroviral therapy has successfully blocked the virus in 85 per cent of people in hospitals and large clinics in Canada, indicating that they would be good candidates for the new treatment to eradicate HIV


    Even a 50% success rate would be wonderful news. We have lost so many good people to this horrible disease already. A glimmer of hope!:clap:
     

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