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Oct 4, 2016

HIV cure close after disease ‘vanishes’ from blood of British man

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UK researchers from five major universities close in on a cure for HIV by reprogramming immune cells to recognize the virus and destroy it.


A British man could become the first person in the world to be cured of HIV using a new therapy designed by a team of scientists from five UK universities.

The 44-year-old is one of 50 people currently trialling a treatment which targets the disease even in its dormant state.

Scientists told The Sunday Times that presently the virus is completely undetectable in the man’s blood, although that could be a result of regular drugs. However if the dormant cells are also cleared out it could represent the first complete cure. Trial results are expected to be published in 2018.

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