Journey to get HIV cure nearing the homestretch as HIV drugs ‘successful in mice’


Renewed hope for the 1.5 million Kenyans living with HIV as researchers inch closer to finding a potential cure for HIV.

This is after the scientists successfully eliminated the virus in living mice using a modified antiretroviral treatment to keep the virus at low levels.

A powerful gene-editing technique that snips out the virus’ genes from infected cells was used in experiment.

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This was after Dr Benson Edagwa, an assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Nebraska Medical center (UNMC) and researchers at the Lewis Catz School of medicine at Temple University used a combination of a modified ARV treatment.

With an estimated 19.6 million people in East and Southern Africa living with HIV and about 380,000 recorded deaths.

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