One of the most dreaded diseases of our times is HIV/AIDS, which has become a scourge for mankind. Scientists all over the world are busy trying to find the cure for this disease. At the moment there is no complete cure for HIV/AIDS. The current treatments for HIV/AIDS can destroy the viruses circulating in the body, but cannot reach those hidden in the reservoir cells where they continue to thrive.
Treatments involving a combination of targeted chemotherapy and current Highly Active Retroviral Treatments (HAART) are among the latest discoveries used to treat the HIV/AIDS virus. Researchers have successfully identified the cells where the HIV virus hides and the stealth mechanisms that allow the virus to escape existing treatments. This breakthrough has given hope to people suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Scientists have identified a set of naturally occurring antibodies that can block the entry of the AIDS virus into certain blood cells. HIV vaccine development is showing distinct promise today and soon it may become an easily accessible option for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
An estimated 33 million people are living with HIV, and each day an additional 7,400 become infected with the virus. The sad reality is that the challenge posed by HIV is much larger than the research breakthroughs achieved to curtail the disease. While the increase in the number of HIV cases is definitely alarming, the latest medical breakthroughs have brought some hope to this otherwise gloomy picture.
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