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3 Oct 2016
GOOD NEWS: British man to become first in the world to be cured of HIV with new therapy
Latest reports inform that British scientists could be one step closer towards finding a permanent cure for HIV with the discovery that a social worker in London appears to be completely free of the virus after undergoing an experimental therapy technique.
It was gathered that the 44-year-old is the first of 50 people to complete a trial of the ambitious treatment, designed by scientists and doctors from five of Britain’s leading universities.
It is the first therapy created to track down and destroy HIV in every part of the body — including in the dormant cells that evade current treatments.
If successful it offers hope of an irreversible cure for HIV, though it is still very early days.
Researchers say they will continue to carry out tests on the British for the next five years – during which time he will remain on anti-retroviral therapy.
News of the man’s encouraging results was announced in the Sunday Times. Scientists from Oxford University, KCL, Imperial, UCL and Cambridge University trialled the therapy on 50 people living with HIV.