Stem Cell Transplant Could Destroy HIV, Study Finds

HIV is one of the most dreaded disease because it has no cure. In recent times, there has been a big discovery that could change the treatment methods for all HIV carriers.

The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a finding that stunned the scientific community and the public.

A group of Spanish researchers have made an ground-breaking discovery towards the treatment of HIV. The team have managed to reduce the HIV viral load to unnoticeable levels in six patients. Though this is not an total cure, but it could represent a huge breakthrough in order to destroy HIV.

There have been many proposed treatments to destroy HIV. Unfortunately, few of these solutions have proved abortive. However, this novel study is different. Scientists from the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research in Barcelona and from the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid made the innovative unearthing.

The research team were able to reduce the HIV virus in six people through stem cells transplant

For this study, the transplants used umbilical cord and bone marrow stem cells. The bone marrow stem cells showed to be the most effective.

According to the researchers, the affected patients had undetectable traces of the virus in their blood and body tissues after the transplant. Also, one of these patients lacked antibodies, showing that the virus has the potential to be destroyed.

Other than the stem cells, the time needed to complete the transplant is also very important. One patient – the one that had reserves of the virus in his body and who also received the umbilical cord stem cells needed 18 months to complete the treatment.

Although participants in this study continue their antiretroviral treatment, many believe that this study has made way to a new form of HIV/AIDS treatment.

Note that the successful result of this experiment does not necessarily indicate that a cure has already been found.

Sources: steptohealth.com, singularityhub.com

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