In a discovery that could act as pathbreaking in the field of science, researchers have claimed to have developed an AIDS vaccine that can completely clear the traces of HIV viruses from the body.
“A promising new AIDS vaccine may be able to completely eradicate the deadly HIV from the body,” scientists have claimed.
The HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate that has been developed at Oregon Health & Science University holds the capacity to effectively remove all traces of an AIDS-causing virus from non-human primates, researchers said.
The scientists carried study on monkeys. The promising vaccine is being tested through the use of a non-human primate form of HIV, called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, which causes AIDS in monkeys.
The findings suggested that the vaccine would be successful in curing HIV in humans also.
Scientists are hopeful of testing an HIV-form of the vaccine candidate in humans.
“To date, HIV infection has only been cured in a very small number of highly-publicized but unusual clinical cases in which HIV-infected individuals were treated with anti-viral medicines very early after the onset of infection or received a stem cell transplant to combat cancer,” said Louis Picker, associate director of the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.
“This latest research suggests that certain immune responses elicited by a new vaccine may also have the ability to completely remove HIV from the body,” said Picker.
The study was published in the journal Nature.