The deadly virus now hides in ‘undetectable’ layers.
There is new hope for a potential cure for the HIV virus. A team of researchers ensures that a new “shock and destruction” treatment has the ability to eliminate even the ‘invisible’ levels of the virus.
So far the virus hides in ‘undetectable’ layers, making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to heal the patient.
A team of researchers at the University of Illinois in the United States believes there may be good news for patients, as the new research could be a key step in eliminating the virus.
The researchers’ belief is based on the strategy that fighting a specific gene inside the brain could make the virus visible, making it vulnerable to immune system defences and drugs that eradicate it, the British publication Daily Mail.
The research, led by Professor Jie Liang, suggests that the Tat gene may ultimately be able to expose HIV.
Liang said: “It is extremely difficult to expel the infected cells from their latency.”
Scientists have been trying to find a cure for HIV for more than 40 years.
However, the progress made in thousands of research has allowed infected individuals to be able to live ‘well’ with the virus and for more years.
It is estimated that HIV affects more than 37 million people worldwide.