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AIDS cure progressing

The highly active antiretroviral therapy or HAART treatment for AIDS was approved in 1995 after it was found to virtually stop the body's production of new AIDS viruses to an undetectable level. This however does not provide a cure as the virus returns with a vengeance once the treatment is stopped or changed in any way. Researchers realized that the AIDS virus simply became dormant making it undetectable and protected. Virologists at the Thomas Jefferson University then tried to find a way to bring the virus out of it's dormant state so that it would be available for attack. The found that the immune protein called interleukin-7 combined with other immune proteins was capable of reactivating the virus, thus making it vulnerable to HAART and the body's immune system. This knowledge may be used to develop a permanent cure for the disease.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Elites TV

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About: AIDS cure progressing

Date: 3 January 2005

Source: Elites TV

URL: http://www.elitestv.com/pub/2005/Jan/EEN41d9bdca7075f.html

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