Is a cure for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) finally here? In what is shaping up to be a revolutionary find, a group of scientists may have found a way to combat the deadly viruses through powerful antibodies.
In a study published in Nature, researchers conducted a test, with a specific neutralizing antibody referred to as "3BNC117" as the subject. The test aimed at figuring out if it could either prevent or delay the return of HIV at a time when a patient is not given the predetermined treatment or if it needed to be stopped in order to be part of the clinical experiment.
The scientists involved in the study were successful in insolating the highly potent antibodies, which in turn could lead to the successful prevention or perhaps eventual destruction of the virus that creates AIDS in humans.
The antibodies were created out of a very specific group of HIV-positive patients. The same antibodies, the study said, were responsible for keeping the patients alive even if some of them weren't even subjected to anti-retroviral medication.
The way the antibodies work is that they first recognize the strains of HIV before disabling them. What needs to be done right now is to come up with an efficient and effective means of mass producing them so that they could be given to other HIV patients. In order to do this, the latest technologies in the medical industry should the harnessed, the main idea of which is to replicate the potent antibodies.
Today, the most common and effective means of suppressing HIV is through anti-retroviral drugs, but they actually don't have the ability to eliminate specific cells that serve as the home of the virus inside the body. As a result, when a patient fails to take them or the medication is completely stopped, the virus will grow back and start wreaking havoc once again.