HIV Cure News and Update: New Hope with 'Protein CD32a,' a Medical Breakthrough in Detecting and Killing the Virus

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Mar 20, 2017 06:22 AM EDT

Thanks to “protein CD32a!” It is now easier for medical experts to sniff out hidden virus of HIV. (Photo : Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

All throughout the decade, HIV has been one of the major problems that doomed human's health and hope. In fact, countless medical experts tried to put an effort in finding a way on how to cure and end it but failed, however, recently scientists found new light in "protein CD32a."

Attempts to cure HIV have been impeded by particular T cells in the immune system, which can hide the virus. However, this "protein CD32a" is a unique protein that gives away in detecting and killing the latent reservoir in the body.

Antiretroviral drugs have been very helpful in preventing the spread of the virus in the body. People infected with HIV have to deal with it for a lifetime but sadly to say, once stopped taking this drug could this could be a problem to a patient because the virus can slowly awaken and allows it to replicate freely. Hence, scientists are looking forward with this "protein CD32a" as a cure.

Considering this protein as a future cure to the virus, Monsef Benkirane, a virologist from the University of Montpellier in France, along with his team discovered that the "protein CD32a" found to be on the surface of T cells of people infected with HIV. "Since 1996, the dream has been to kill these nasty cells in hiding, but we had no way to do it because we had no way to recognize them," Benkirane said.

As the virus attacked the T cells in the body, it makes difficult for the medical experts to track it down. But "protein CD32a" is a medical breakthrough against the procreation of HIV in the community.

French scientists explained that with the help of the said protein it could be now easier for them to distinguish infected T cells and cure it. As of now, let's all be patient and hopeful that this will end the dilemma in the human community.

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