Scientists make Historic new Discovery that could lead to a cure for AIDS
Right this very moment, there are 36 million people suffering or living with HIV/Aids. 2 million among these are children. HIV has not been contained as you think it may have been. AIDS kills and since the disease reared its ugly head, it has taken millions of lives. In 2015 alone, 1.1 million people died of Aids. How much more will that figure be by the end of 2016?
However thanks to the progress of medical science in detecting life saving conditions, scientists have now discovered an antibody produced by none other than an HIV positive patient. The HIV antibody discovered possesses the ability to neutralize 98% of ALL tested HIV strains and that is something amazing.
1 A historic day in the battle for AIDS
In what could be termed as a historic day in the battle against AIDS, the new antibody couldn’t have come at a better time. The discovery comes during an ironic time when the world observes HIV today on 1st December 2016.While several people in western countries may feel that HIV isn’t the mammoth problem it once was, that’s not true. The majority of AIDS and HIV cases can be found in SUB Saharan Africa that has borne the brunt of the disease.
2 New antibody identified as N6
Scientists at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have found an antibody within an AIDS Patient identified as N6. The antibody has the ability to recognize the HIV virus even as it broke away from it during morphing. The new antibody has the power to identify and block almost 98% of HIV strains and could now serve as the base for a range of effective vaccines against HIV. This is why the discovery is being hailed as a historic one because till now a vaccine for HIV has remained elusive. N6 is 10 times more powerful than VRCO1, another antibody in the class of N6.
VRCO1 has already progressed to human clinical trials after effectively protecting monkeys from HIV for 6 months.