Metro New Vaccine 'Cures' 5 Patients of HIV/AIDS Disease

Spanish researchers have announced that a new vaccine they are developing have cured 5 patients of the HIV/AIDS disease 7 months after treatment started.

According to a study published in New Scientist, the treatment allowed the patients to stop taking regular antiretroviral (ARV) drugs – the current method of suppressing HIV.

Dr. Beatriz Mothe, from the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain, said: “It’s the proof of concept that through therapeutic vaccination we can really re-educate our T cells to control the virus. This is the first time that we see this is possible in humans.”

The scientists have yet to test the results in a large-scale clinical trial, but they say the vaccine may be a “functional cure.”

It is the first step towards success in a field that has failed to find a vaccine in the last 30 years.


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