‘Exciting discovery’ could potentially eradicate HIV from human cells

  • metta

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    Jul 25, 2014 5:50 AM GMT
    ‘Exciting discovery’ could potentially eradicate HIV from human cells

    Researchers at Temple University announced this week they have completely eliminated a dormant strain of HIV embedded in human cells, an advance that researchers on the project called a possible “game changer” by raising hopes that science is closer to not only suppressing, but actually curing, the virus that causes AIDS.

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/07/exciting-discovery-could-potentially-eradicate-hiv-from-human-cells/
  • metta

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    Jul 25, 2014 5:55 AM GMT
    US: Researchers successfully destroy HIV in human cells

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/07/24/us-researchers-successfully-destroy-hiv-in-human-cells/
  • pharmstudent

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    Jul 25, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    All this in vitro research are useless until they perform animal or clinical studies.
  • FRE0

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    Jul 25, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
    It looks as though there is potential, but it is way too soon to count on it.

    Let us hope that it pans out, but that if it does pan out, that it does not cause a return to the extreme libertine behavior that preceded AIDS.
  • NerdLifter

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    Jul 25, 2014 10:05 PM GMT
    Feel like I hear about these "exciting discover[ies]" every other week, but long term studies inevitably show that the treatment is not as effective as the researchers hoped, if at all. icon_neutral.gif

    Not trying to be a proverbial debbie-downer; just I reserve excitement until it has been proven to work in human trials.
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    Jul 26, 2014 3:48 AM GMT
    NerdLifter saidFeel like I hear about these "exciting discover[ies]" every other week, but long term studies inevitably show that the treatment is not as effective as the researchers hoped, if at all. icon_neutral.gif

    Not trying to be a proverbial debbie-downer; just I reserve excitement until it has been proven to work in human trials.


    Yeah but this is the time of the singularity... look around you... everything is elevating. barriers are being broken. conflicts are reaching their peak. we're on the edge of the edge and this is just another day in the life, at this point.
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Jul 26, 2014 1:47 PM GMT
    Exciting discovery? Indeed for those who think that being gay is all about the sex. Even if a cure is found, that is not going to stop the high risk groups from continuing to screw up innocent people's lives. I in the mean time way before the AIDS crisis fully enjoyed and lived a very enriched love life as a gay man with other gay men, who like me felt being human was more then acting out on our animal instincts.

    I feel sorry for anyone who thinks that sex is the only part of our human nature worth saving, when our psyche seems to be deteriorating at a much faster rate these days. It seems that no one gives a damn about who they hurt, so as long as their needs are met.
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    Jul 26, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    I feel that I read about 'a major breakthrough' in the effort to eradicate HIV every couple of months. I think we are still a long way away from a cure. Till then (and maybe even after then), prevention is the key.
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    Jul 28, 2014 2:36 AM GMT
    There's no mention on the treatment working on the memory T Cells which is where the medication would need to reach to eradicate HIV in the body for good.
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    Jul 28, 2014 3:44 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    FRE0 saidIt looks as though there is potential, but it is way too soon to count on it.

    Let us hope that it pans out, but that if it does pan out, that it does not cause a return to the extreme libertine behavior that preceded AIDS.


    This libertinism you speak of has been going on since the beginning of time. People are going to have sex and you can only keep them in a state of fear for so long before they resort to their natural ways again. As the case is with now.


    I think Fre0 is referring to the unsafe activities that went on before HIV, not sex itself.
  • titus8229

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    Jul 30, 2014 5:51 PM GMT
    Thats my school!icon_biggrin.gif
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 30, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    The difficulty in curing HIV lies not in producing drugs that kill the virus. We already have several HIV-munching drugs lined up which have been proven to do just that, in vitro (see ciclopirox). The challenge is producing a drug with a mechanism which can deliver the drugs throughout the entire human body in order to eradicate deep cell virus reservoirs. Current antiretroviral drugs cannot do this, which is why viruses can reactivate - an example being herpes zoster reactivating long after chickenpox to cause shingles. This is why HIV and other stubborn viral infections like herpes remain with us for life.

    To be quite honest, I feel like radiotherapy shows more promise and potential for curing HIV, since medically significant radiation is not hindered by physical and biochemical barriers like drugs are.