If the report emanating from popular US gossip site is anything to go by, then it means that the long awaited cure for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - a lentivirus that causes HIV infection and over time acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, AIDS, has been invented by scientists. Below is how the gossip website, MediaTakeOut reported the story:
For years, people were wondering WHEN CAN THEY REMOVE THEIR CONDOMS . . . well it looks like it's right around the corner. Scientists have for the FIRST TIME EVER proved that they can CURE HIV. Yesterday scientists CONFIRMED that they were able to edit out HIV-1 DNA from the genome of human immune cells, preventing virus replication and reinfection of the cleared cells.
In layman's language, they used GENE THERAPY to cure HIV in HUMAN cells. Dr. Kamel Khalili, director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple University claims that they are ready to put his new gene therapy into a new drug that will cure HIV in patients even after they stop taking the drugs.
"The findings are important on multiple levels. They demonstrate the effectiveness of our gene editing system in eliminating HIV from the DNA of CD4 T-cells and, by introducing mutations into the viral genome, permanently inactivating its replication. Further, they show that the system can protect cells from reinfection and that the technology is safe for the cells, with no toxic effects," Khalili said in a press release.