UCLA Reports Potential Breakthrough In HIV Science

City News Service reports:

A UCLA-led team of researchers believe they may have found a way to kill HIV-infected cells inside infected individuals, opening a “new paradigm for a possible HIV cure in the future,” the study’s lead author said Monday. The breakthrough could potentially reduce, if not eliminate, the virus from the currently 38-million people around the world who have HIV, according to UCLA.

Researchers developed a “kick and kill” strategy of using cells that are naturally produced in the immune system to kill infected cells hiding inside the body, which could potential eradicate them, according to the study’s lead author Dr. Joceyln Kim, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Read the full article. There’s much more. The study is jointly funded by the NIH, amfAR, and the UCLA AIDS Institute.

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