The threat of HIV/AIDS has called for the intervention of qualified practitioners and this finding could lead to its end.
The treatment of HIV/AIDS in past years is proving futile. The medical practitioners could only reach to the extent of keeping the virus away for some months or better put it in the state of being ineffective. So that the patient can live a long life which could not be possible if nothing medical was done at the initial stage.
According to various records, HIV/AIDS kills about 1.8 million people per year. This happens mostly in countries with low income per-capita, where the residents are not financially buoyant to keep up with the expensive anti-virus prescriptions. HIV/AIDS ranks as the third leading cause of death around the world, though it mostly increases its number in disprivileged countries whose inhabitants can not afford to pay the monetary price.
This virus causes a very strong damage and incapacitates the immune system of the victim, thereby extending its reach to the cells where it takes its membrane, better referred as their skin. It successfully extracts, the skin because it has succeeded in infecting the cells.
Researchers came across a study in the journal Blood, which presented them with a potential new way to combat the disease. In their findings, they concluded that instead of trying to kill the virus, they could make the body more resistant to its processes. Even though the body’s immune system has the capacity of providing an immediate defense, the virus has a tricky way of surviving due to its closeness to the cells.
The immune cells can fight against the virus if they can find a way to penetrate the virus’s membrane. A group of researchers went after this goal of creating a hole in the membrane of the virus, which returned a good percentage of success. The researchers were led by the Imperial College of London and John Hopkins University Scientists. They were able to expose the HIV by removing cholesterol from their cellular wall. This produced a large hole in the virus’s membrane which made it permeable. The ability to penetrate the virus increased the adaptive response orchestrated by the immune system.
Though we cannot say that the cure for HIV has been found. It cannot be announced yet.But the extent of this breakthrough, the resources needed to cure HIV can be reduced, to save money and time and even give a long-lasting hope to the victims. This also has the potential means to gear up a close watch to the world that is possibly free of HIV/AIDS. This positivefinding doesn’t end with HIV, but it extends to other complex diseases.