Doctors may have found a way to destroy HIV!

OMG! This really sounds like a huge step forward to finding the cure for this horrible disease. Awesome!

HOUSTON -- There is real hope that what’s happening in a Houston lab might lead to a cure for HIV.
10:16 AM MST on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
By Lee McGuire / KHOU-TV News

“We have found an innovative way to kill the virus by finding this small region of HIV that is unchangeable,” Dr. Sudhir Paul of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston said.

Dr. Paul and Dr. Miguel Escobar aren’t talking about just suppressing HIV – they’re talking about destroying it permanently by arming the immune system with a new weapon lab tests have shown to be effective.

Ford Stuart has been HIV positive for 15 years. He’s on a powerful drug cocktail that keeps the disease in check.

“I’m on four different medications. Three of them are brand new, and it’s the first time that I’ve ever been non-detectible,” Stuart said. “I’m down to about – just for the HIV – about nine pills per day, five in the morning and four at night.”

But Stuart knows HIV mutates, and eventually it will learn how to outsmart his medications.

“The virus is truly complex and has many tricks up its sleeve,” Paul said.

But Dr. Paul thinks he’s cracked a code.

“We’ve discovered the weak spot of HIV,” he said.

Paul and his team have zeroed in on a section of a key protein in HIV’s structure that does not mutate.

“The virus needs at least one constant region, and that is the essence of calling it the Achilles heel,” Paul said.

That Achilles heel is the doctors’ way in. They take advantage of it with something called an abzyme.

It’s naturally produced by people, like lupus patients. When they applied that abzyme to the HIV virus, it permanently disarmed it.

“What we already have in our hand are the abzymes that we could be infusing into the human subjects with HIV infection, essentially to move the virus,” Paul said.

Basically, their idea could be used to control the disease for people who already have it and prevent infection for those at risk.

The theory has held up in lab and animal testing. The next step is human trials.

Meanwhile, every day in Houston, three people are diagnosed with HIV.

The doctors still need funding to launch human trials. In the world of HIV research, that’s often where things fall apart.

“Clinical trials are very expensive,” Paul said.

“That is the worry of the researcher. This is what nightmares are made of – that after 30 years of work, you find it doesn’t work,” Paul said.

But so far, it is working.

“This is the holy grail of HIV research, to develop a preventative vaccine,” Paul said.

“If we can get the viral loads down to a manageable level, that will preclude the need for these conventional drugs,” Escobar said.

Still, even if everything goes well, it’s at least five years before the research could help people with HIV.

The doctors know people like Ford Stuart are waiting.

“There are so many people struggling with the disease because it affects not only your body, but also your psyche, how you perceive yourself,” he said.

If nothing else, the research is promising for the tens of millions waiting for a cure.

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That is awesome news indeed. I can only hope that this is in fact what they think it is and there will finally be an end to this disease.

You know what else we could do? We could actually abstain from sex until we're married...and then like...stay faithful to our spouse our entire wow...wouldn't that be crazy?

You make me sick! Your thought process is so messed up I don't even know where to begin.

Absence is your cure for Aids? Do you think we're just wasting our time trying to cure this when you seem to have found the cure? Do you somehow think that everyone who currently has HIV deserves to die?

There are tens of millions of people worldwide and up to 1 million Americans who have the HIV virus, who will die without this.

And you solution is for them to stop having sex and just quietly die? The evil you propose makes me sick.

Also, HIV is also transmitted in non-sexual ways, so abstinence alone wouldn't entirely stop the disease. (And that's not even taking into account sexual related situations like rape, etc.)

Don't get me wrong - I have nothing against good morals. Its just not enough to say that good morals alone would stop HIV.

about HIV and non-sexual ways of transmitting it.

Kooz: our moral compass on Swampbubbles (snicker).

Jesus didn't ask people who came to him for healing if they were good enough to receive it, he just showed compassion and gave healing out of His great mercy. Have you considered that it was not only godly people went to Him for help?

After all, in His own words Jesus said in Matthew 9:11-13
11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"

12On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

God shows mercy even on sinners. Good thing or I'd be condemned for all my old sins.Embarassed


I know he's also talking about salvation in this verse, but  we need to mindful that God's mercy starts with us when are sinners

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