New treatment proposed for HIV

Published: April 7, 2016

CATHERINE MURRAY
Staff writer

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 9,961 youth (13-24 years old) were diagnosed with HIV in the United States in 2013. HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks the body’s healthy immune system. Over time, the immune system becomes destroyed and unable to fight off any infection, including the common cold.

When the immune system is this destroyed as much as this, the infected person is said to have AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Current treatment includes antiretroviral therapy, which slows the rate of HIV division in the body, preventing the spread of the virus.

Although there is currently no cure for HIV and AIDS, recent advances have been made to both improve the quality of life for HIV/AIDS patients and find a possible cure for AIDS.

Recently, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University performed the first liver transplant between two HIV positive patients. Legislation just lifted a 25-year ban on transplants with HIV positive patients, making this possible. This surgery, along with a kidney transplant between HIV patients, is part of ongoing research to see if a HIV-to-HIV transplant is beneficial for the recipient. One concern with donating an infected organ is the exposure to a second strain of HIV, possibly re-infecting the recipient.

In a recent article published in “Nature,” researchers from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University published a study about the possibility of using CRISPR/Cas9 as a way to cure AIDS. CRISPR/Cas9 is a technique for genome engineering that allows researchers to make specific breaks in the DNA at protospacers, known short sequences (about 20 base pairs long) that are separated by another short palindromic sequence. The sequence recognized by CRISPR/Cas9 can be chosen based on the where the researchers want to cut the DNA. This current study used RNA guided CRISPR/Cas9 to edit the host DNA in order to remove the HIV-1 genome, thus removing the virus from the host’s DNA. Furthermore, the study showed that no adverse affects were observed that could compromise a person’s genome.

This week the Center for Health, Education and Wellness has been raising awareness for HIV and AIDS. CHEW’s Peer Health Educators hoped to debunk common myths about HIV and AIDS that current college students may believe. There often is a stigma to being tested for HIV, but CHEW hopes to encourage more people to learn about their HIV status. Watch out for balloons labeled “9.5 minutes” and more HIV and AIDS statistics today and tomorrow.

Contact the writer: catherine.murray@scranton.edu

2 Responses to New treatment proposed for HIV

  1. Cristina Pereira Reply

    April 21, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I am Cristina Pereira,I contracted HIV in 2009 I was told by my doctor that there’s no possible cure for HIV. I started taking my ARV’s, My CD4 is 77. I saw a website of Dr Boadi also i saw a lot of testimonials about him on how he uses herbal medicine to cure HIV. i contacted him and told him my problems, he sent me the herbal medicine and i took it for 7 days after then i went for a check up and i was Negative. the medicine has no side effect, there’s no special diet when taking the medicine visit his visit his website: http://www.drboadiherbalcentre.webs.com

  2. melisa eva Reply

    January 1, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    getting a cure for HIV is a powerful concept, often spoken of the HOLY GRAIL of HIV research.Although effective anti-HIV drugs have transformed HIV into a chronic manageable condition you live with,rather than die from- taking life-long therapy is a very different proposition to being definitively cured. i put it to the whole human race that there is an affordable , scalable HIV cure that worked as well as would put the global eradication of new HIV infections within reach, while also transforming the lives of those now living with the virus. given the effectiveness of this drugs in both treating and preventing HIV infection, i will say to everyone reading this , that i am a living witness to it. unlike fraudster and online scammers who will play you and leave you frustrated with lose of money and hope, this drugs cost less and it is worth a try. if you are interested in getting cured of your own illeness, Below is the communication link of the doctor who has the new medicine which i took that got me cure. Dr Usman Uwaifo Rabiu E-mail;(usmanuwaiforabiu@gmail.com). call or whatsapp him on +234 815 464 1673. BEWARE OF FRAUDSTERS ONLINE.

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