Is This Really a Cure for HIV/Aids?

AIDS and HIV have long been one of the "dreaded" diseases (along with the Big C), thanks in large part to the fact that there is no cure. There are treatments that can help to suppress the HIV virus that causes AIDS, but no long-term, completely effective solution for getting rid of the virus has been discovered. Until now… The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida, may have just discovered a drug candidate that could one day be the vaccine to beat HIV once and for all! The drug candidate is basically a protein that mimics the receptors on the cells in the human body. The HIV virus looks for these receptor points on human cells, and when it finds them, bonds to them, thus turning the healthy body cells into host sites for the virus. But the protein of the drug tricks the HIV virus into thinking that it has bonded with these receptors, and thus it no longer searches for a host cell. The HIV virus continues to float along in the body "attacking" the proteins to which it has bonded, but without actually attacking any healthy body cells. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source:[/caption] According to the data published in the journal Nature, this new drug candidate has proven to be more effective than any of the neutralizing antibodies currently given to prevent the spread of HIV. The protein has also proven to be effective against all strains of HIV, while the antibodies currently being prescribed only work on some strains. The effects last for as long as 8 months after being injected. The drug is delivered using an adeno-associated virus--a fairly harmless virus that can enter your body without causing disease. This adeno-associated virus essentially causes your body to manufacture the protective proteins that stop the HIV viruses from bonding with cell receptors. Much more work is needed in order to produce a human-safe drug, but already the drug candidate has proven successful for treating SIV in macaques. Perhaps this will one day VERY SOON be the cure for HIV…  
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