The only good thing that can be said about HIV is that is has gained the attention of a large amount of scientific research. Not only for finding a cure for it but for the advancement of treatments. What makes HIV so difficult to deal with is its ability to hide from the body’s natural immune system.
One of the latest advancements in helping to fight HIV is the killer T Cells which have the ability to seek out the infected HIV cells that are hidden in the tissue and destroy them. This is an amazing discovery because it could eventually lead to a permanent cure for HIV which in turn would also rid the world of AIDS.
While this is a great discovery scientists still have a long way to go in trying to find ways that they can boost the number of the T cells and strengthen them so they can be totally effective.
When HIV invades a person’s body the natural immune system tries to fight it with antibodies. Scientists are studying how these antibodies try to work so they can see if something can be done to assist them. They are trying to do this by developing a vaccine. What complicates matters is there are different strains of HIV and when the immune system produces antibodies they are broad neutralizing and these are what scientists what to study more to see how they are formed.
What the scientists have learned that there are three important factors to be considered for the production of these types of antibodies. They need to determine how many viruses are in the body, their diversity and how long the disease has gone without treatment.
These are just a few examples of the scientific advancements that are being made in the fight against HIV. It is critically important that HIV studies and research continue to be funded so progress can continue.