A team of scientists from five UK universities during testing of a new drug that may in the future be used for HIV treatment actually cured one of the volunteers involved in the trials, reports The Sunday Times.
According to the researchers, to say that therapy will allow us to defeat HIV, it is still early, but already, there is significant progress. “This is the first serious attempt complete cure from HIV,” – said the expert of the National Institute UK research in the field of health.
One of the volunteers, whose name was not called, under the influence of drugs passed the tests, which showed that at the moment, blood 44-year-old man of no traces of the virus. Professor at the Imperial College London Sarah Fidler believes that further research will make a breakthrough in the treatment of HIV in the next five years.
There are now antiretroviral therapy, which allows you to monitor the development of dangerous diseases and to suppress the active infected cells. However, it may not completely cure the patient, as in the body are millions of inactive infected T lymphocytes. New therapy just might track and eradicate the virus in these T-cells.
The project work of scientists at Oxford and Cambridge universities and Imperial University and the Royal College of London. New therapy aims to cure HIV test on 50 people.
How notes portal “Such things”, now known not many cases of complete cure of HIV: a fully cured three adults and several babies. Adult patients, treated in Berlin, the medical University clinic in Boston, got rid of HIV after a bone marrow transplant, appointed in connection with cancer.
According to who statistics, there are approximately 36.7 million people with HIV from the virus annually kills about half a million people and about 2.2 million become new carriers of the disease. In Russia there are over one million HIV-infected people. The speed of increase in the number of patients bypasses Russia, countries such as Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe, although in each of these States are infected twice more than in Russia.
The main reason for the sharp deterioration of the situation with HIV in Russia, the experts from UNAIDS, the UN called Russia’s loss of international support programmes against HIV and the inability to replace its adequate prevention. Between 2004 and 2013, the largest contributor to the prevention of HIV infection in Eastern Europe and Central Asia remained the Global Fund. But as a result of the classification of Russia by the world Bank as countries with a high income, international support has been cancelled.
Despite the sharp rise in the number infected with HIV, the Russian authorities continue to save on the financing of procurement of medicines and the prevention of this disease.