This past Wednesday Oregon Health and Science University announced that they have created a vaccine that could possibly remove all traces of HIV from the body. The vaccine is currently being tested on monkeys with a primate exclusive strain of HIV called SIV which causes AIDS in its host.
Dr. Louis Picker, the lab’s associate director, said HIV infection has only been cured in “a very small number of highly-publicized but unusual clinical cases.”
In those cases, people with HIV were treated with anti-viral medicines very early after the onset of infection or they received a stem cell transplant to combat cancer.
“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,” Picker
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