A leading research lab in Port St. Lucie thinks it might have made a potential breakthrough in the treatment and eradication of HIV. Current medications suppress the virus to undetectable levels in patients' bodies, allowing them to live relatively normal, long lives. However, the crafty little bug hides elsewhere in the body and can come roaring back if medication is stopped. Some scientists believe the best way to cure HIV is to smoke it out from its hiding place.
"Based on this research, we believe one possible method for eliminating HIV in the body is to use a combined approach," Dr. Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, scientific director of the lab, said in a statement. "We propose the use of medications that target viral replication of HIV throughout the body, in combination with drugs that prevent infected memory T-cells from dividing. We believe that by attacking the disease in these distinct two ways at once for an extended period of time, we can eliminate the reservoirs of HIV that currently persist within the human body, leaving an individual disease-free."
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