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Apparent cure triggers new hope in battle against HIV

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Researchers have long been looking for ways to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Even though new drugs to combat the symptoms are continuously discovered and brought onto the market, the hopes of actually finding a cure for the illness were always dampened by the fact that viruses simply cannot be cured.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus, which invades certain white blood cells in the body and drains them of their energy in order to survive and reproduce. This process leads to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), when the body’s immune system breaks down and becomes invaded by other “opportunistic infections“, the most common of which are meningitis, pneumonia and tuberculosis. Because of the body’s collapsing immune system, these infections become life threatening.

According to new clinical data, however, scientists appear to think the idea of a cure, could, theoretically, be possible. Scientists announced at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna that clinical data has reportedly shown one case where an individual was cured.

According to ABC News, the fact that technology continues to advance is what can make a vital difference in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Apparently, new technology allows HIV to be detected in much, much earlier stages. Funding into research, however, is not enough to allow for full-scale research possibilities, including looking further into and testing technology and seeing what other possibilities could exist.

According to Action Against AIDS, over 33 million people lived with AIDS in 2009.

Find out more about HIV/AIDS.

Celebrities who have suffered from AIDS include Magic Johnson and Liberace.

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