A second patient was found to have beaten HIV without natural treatment
HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was. Modern medicine can offer patients a relatively normal life, but no cure has yet been found. But they seem to be approaching this point, according to researchers in Massachusetts, USA, who found the second patient to beat HIV naturally without receiving medication or a bone marrow transplant.
This is a 30-year-old woman codenamed Esperanza, who lived with HIV for seven years before scientists found that she was now completely free of it, analyzing more than 2 billion blood cells and tissue. Scientists believe that there are more people out there who have defeated the virus and do not even know their good fortune.
Patients who have naturally defeated the virus are called “elite controllers”And are a particularly interesting piece of research, as they seem to have something in their immune system that can defeat the virus without the help of drugs.
The example of these two cases shows us that our current efforts to find a cure for HIV are not far off. If we know how the natural immunity to the virus works, we will be able to do it. The next step is to use therapeutic vaccines and other methods to mimic the reactions we see in these individuals, in a wider population of patients. If we can emulate what we see from elite controllers, not necessarily from these two patients, we can at least bring the rest to some kind of functional therapy before we talk about holistic therapy. – Xu Yu, Ragon Institute researcher
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