British guy likely to be first curing from HIV

Wednesday 31 May 2017 3 months ago 137   London    Print

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Report  Web desk : LONDON: A 44-year-old British man may have become the first person in the world to be cured of HIV, thanks to a pioneering new therapy. The man, who has not been named, was the first of 50 people to complete a trial of the ambitious treatment which launches a two-stage “kick and kill” attack on the virus. Tests showed the virus had become undetectable in the blood of the previously HIV-positive man, after he was treated with a pioneering new therapy designed to eradicate the virus. Researchers have cautioned that it is too early to tell if the treatment has really worked but said the man, a social worker, had made “remarkable progress”. The new therapy is unique in that it tracks down and destroys HIV in every part of the body – including in the dormant cells that evade current treatments. “This is one of the first serious attempts at a full cure for HIV,” said Mark Samuels of Britain National Institute for Health Research. The clinical trials, which are being paid for by the NHS, are the result of a collaboration between doctors and scientists at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London and King College London. 02