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New therapy gives hope: Researchers in Great Britain shortly before HIV cure
Every year around a million people die of AIDS worldwide. So far, the disease has not been curable, but now there is a glimmer of hope. According to media reports, researchers in Great Britain could have made the big breakthrough. An HIV-positive man should be on the brink of healing thanks to a new approach to treatment.
AIDS epidemic is expected to end by 2030
Almost 37 million people currently live with HIV worldwide. The United Nations recently set an ambitious goal. The AIDS epidemic is expected to end by 2030. To achieve this, the number of new HIV infections is to be drastically reduced in the short term. This is now also possible thanks to medication. A means of protection against AIDS will also be permitted in the EU in the future.
Great advances in therapies
Great advances have also been made in therapies in recent years. Just recently, German scientists reported their hope that a new approach could make AIDS cure possible. Reports from Great Britain sound even more hopeful. There, researchers are about to heal a man suffering from HIV.
Possibly the first cure for an HIV patient
According to media reports, a British medical team has apparently managed to cure a 44-year-old man from his HIV illness. According to the "Independent", the patient was treated with a new therapeutic approach, which led to the fact that the HI virus was no longer detectable in his blood. Although the patient had made "amazing progress", it was too early to declare the therapy successful.
Detect and destroy viruses
According to the "Sunday Times", the man is the first of 50 subjects to complete the trials by scientists from five of the UK's top universities. The universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London and King’s College London are involved.
The new approach, which is referred to in the media as “kick and kill”, is designed to target and destroy viruses in the body. The success with the 44-year-old patient was impressive, but it had to be waited for several months to be sure. In principle, it was also possible that the virus could only be found temporarily in the patient's body due to the medication taken in addition to the therapy.
Still far from an actual therapy
The UK National Health System director, Mark Samuels, told the Sunday Times: "This is one of the first serious attempts to fully cure HIV." He said, "This is a huge challenge. We are still at the very beginning, but the progress is remarkable. ”
Sarah Fidler from Imperial College London also warned of premature reports of success, but she was confident: "It worked in the laboratory and there is good evidence that it can also work in humans," said the expert. "But we have to emphasize that we are currently still far away from actual therapy." (Ad)