Cure for HIV

Cure for HIV

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  • Here we are, kids! The HIV Research Institute that is responsible for curing two people of HIV!
  • Listen carefully now, kids. Professor Crane here will explain the current research on HIV
  • However there is good news! We have found a protein that allows the HIV virus to spread and do damage. This protein is called CCR5, and it is due to this that the HIV virus is able to attack our immune cells
  • Hello kids! I am sad to say that we do not have much information related to the cure for HIV, because that is still being tested
  • The CCR5 protein is found on the surfaces of immune cells like T cells, and using the protein, HIV is able to latch onto the cell and enter it. This allows HIV to disable the immune system completely, leading to the disease known as AIDS. Unfortunately we do not know more information. But we will go visit the two recent patients that have been cured of HIV!
  • HIV is a virus that targets certain immune cells like T cells, making them ineffective and unable to do their job patrolling for harmful viruses. The protein that allows HIV to do this, is called CCR5
  • WOW! We thought it was incurable and they actually found a cure?!
  • Hello Kids!
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  • Here is the "London patient". He was the second person to be cured of HIV! He was suffering from cancer and was receiving a bone marrow transplant. We found this after the operation that this patient had been cure of HIV as well as cancer. This was only possible because the donor actually had a mutation of the CCR5 protein which disabled the production of the protein that helps HIV!
  • Here we have the "Düsseldorf patient", who is the third person to be cured of HIV. His situation is similar to the London patient. Before these two incidents, it was believed that only medications like antiretroviral therapy could help HIV, but that was not a cure. However there are many risks associated with bone marrow transplants, like poor immune systems and how bone marrow transplants need a match. Also, the mutation of CCR5 is not very common
  • Biology is the only science in which multiplication is the same thing as division.
  • Welcome!
  • There are approximately 36.9 million people in the world (2017) that are living with either HIV or have advanced to AIDS. This is no small number, and we need to come together in order to defeat deadly diseases like HIV and AIDS. If we can perfect the cure for HIV, so many people in this world can live their lives without having to be extra careful and without stress. This will make the world overall a healthier place to live in.
  • The only other "cure" to HIV is medication, specifically antiretroviral therapy (ART). Through a combination of drugs, this therapy is able to suppress the amount of HIV in your blood and keep the virus from hurting your T cells and immune system. This medication, however, will become the patient's life, because this cannot be skipped or forgotten, because your life depends on taking the medicaiton
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