May 2 2013, 7:30am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Researchers in Denmark are making headway towards a cure for HIV. The human immunodeficiency virus has spread havoc through the mid 80s and 90s and a cure was not in sight. What began as a disease exclusive to homosexuals soon spread to heterosexuals as well. As a venereal disease AIDS was the worst since it was incurable, according to the Telegraph
. The immune system was destroyed as a result of this tragic syndrome. The possibility of a cure is on the horizon alright. New tactics are being looked into by scientists. They include removing the virus from the reservoirs of the cells it preys upon and destroying it once it comes to the surface.
In the lab this strategy works. It has yet to be tested in the real world. The Danish Research Council gave away 12 million Danish kroner to the concerned scientists. This is a journey that may rid the world of this scourge. The next step is to try the experiments on human beings instead of animals. That is the giant leap that will determine whether the cure works in the domain of human experience. Coaxing the already compromised immune systems of the individuals to respond by killing HIV samples would be a miracle if it were to actually happen. But it seems this wish of mankind is not in the realm of fantasy anymore. Rather it will hopefully be a reality soon.
A batch of 15 volunteers will partake in the experiment. Even if one of them is cured it would be a sign of immense progress. It could spell the death of AIDS as we know it at present. Meanwhile, for now at least the usual prophylactic measures to conquer AIDS are being touted. This includes avoidance of multiple partners (promiscuity) and extra precaution regarding the usage of infected hypodermic needles. Even today with the costly treatment a person may live a normal life with few annoying symptoms provided he takes the medicine. But with an AIDS cure in sight, the fears can be laid to rest once and for all.
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