AIDS the most dreaded disease in the world without any cure is being studied extensively all around the world as due to AIDS there are many diseases which are surfacing due to the decrease in immunity such as Tuberculosis, which was brought under control and thanks to AIDS it is again becoming very harmful to human kind.
This discovery could well make way for the invention of a complete cure to this dreaded disease.
Where does it actually hide in the Body making it impervious to treament ?
Professor Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, researchers said they have found that the virus hides in “long-lived” memory cells in the human body.
These memory cells, which have a long life just like the stem cells, lie sleepy in the body most of the time until they encounter a new virus or disease-causing agents.
Why is it Dangerous, when they stay in Memory cells ?
Like stem cells, these memory cells are also capable of replicating themselves. So when the AIDS enters them or attacks them, these memory cells multiply to defend the body.
But the problem is that the once AIDS virus enters these memory cells, it also multiplies with them.
Is the Current Medication given helping the Patients from the Virus ?
Thus, ruring the current intense medication – which involves five to six drugs that can prolong life up to 13 years – for a patient, the AIDS virus retreats into these safe havens to stage an attack later.
How do the researchers plan to kill the virus without erasing our memory by killing our memory cells ?
The researchers said they are still finding ways to destroy the virus in its safe havens in the memory cells without harming the immune system.
Their research is the “first clue” to eliminating the AIDS virus, said research leader Sekaly on Sunday.