Everybody knows what AIDS and HIV is, but not many people know the treatments behind it and what scientists are doing to try and improve these treatments.
That's why we're here today! Turns out, the method that is currently being used is good, but not good enough, so scientists are trying to develop a new approach with something called RNAi.
RNA is part of your genetic material, and RNAi is a technique that stops certain things in your DNA from being expressed, by using "small interference RNA" (siRNA).
Using RNAi has made improvements in the fight against HIV by targeting the same cells that HIV-1 target, lymphoid and myeloid cells. siRNA targets certain mRNA's of HIV and blocks it, and might prevent it from expressing and replicating.
True, but that might not work because those cells are important to your immune system!
That is only one option, though! They could also target it in the cytoplasm or in other types of cells.
Currently, there isn't a way to efficiently deliver siRNA molecules to HIV infected target cells.
What needs to be done to improve current and future clinical status of RNA therapeutics?
Years of research and clinical trials will be required to improve RNA therapeutic treatments to be effectively used on HIV cure
Cannot wait for scientists to discover a way to cure HIV!