LONDON — A new approach to HIV treatment being researched by Danish scientists has been successful in in vitro studies, which led to a large grant and additional studies with humans, the Daily Telegraph, a British paper, reported last week along with other news outlets.
The approach, which researchers said they’re “almost certain” will “be successful,” involves “reactivating” the HIV virus from its hiding place within human DNA and bringing it to the surface from where it rests in immune cells, the article said. Once it comes to the surface, the body’s natural immune system may be able to kill it, researchers told the Telegraph.
“The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognize the virus and destroy it,” Dr. Ole Sogaard, a senior researcher at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, was quoted as saying. “This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems as well as how large a proportion of the hidden HIV is unmasked.”
Fifteen patients are taking part in the trials, the Telegraph reported. The first results from the trial are expected later this year.