New molecule could ‘KICK & KILL’ HIV…!!

Researchers have been looking for ways to eliminate the ‘Reservoirs’ where the virus hides and they may have now developed a solution –a technique called”kick and kill”

This technique against HIV uses a molecule to awaken dormant virus cells and then knocks them out!!
Current anti-AIDS drugs are very effective at making HIV undetectable and allowing people with the virus to live longer., healthier lives, said the researchers at UCLA.

The treatment, a class of medications called ‘antiretroviral therapy’ also greatly reduces the chance of transmission from person to person.
However, the medications do not actually rid the body of the virus, which has the ability to elude medications by lying dormant in cells called CD4,+T cells,which signal another type of T cells, the CDB to destroy HIV- infected cells.
When a person with HIV stops treatment, the virus emerge and replicate in the body, weakening the immune system and raising the likelihood of opportunistic infections or cancers that can kill the patient.
So, kick and kill is the new development… the solution to a major problem.
_Deccan Herald_

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