Some hope for HIV treatment

I mentioned previously that the prevalence of HIV infection has not decreased while I was ranting about roadblocks to eliminating AIDS. Though new prevention methods have not had much luck, researchers have filed a patent for a new treatment that may offer a possible solution to resistant HIV.

The new approach knock outs a T cell-specific protein, which slows the replication of the virus. Because it targets the human immune system, rather than the virus itself, researchers hope this bypasses the increasing resistance being seen against antiretroviral therapy. The method may also be of potential use in autoimmune diseases.

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