Target: Dr. Ole Søgaard of Denmark’s Aarhus Hospital
Goal: Commend Dr. Søgaard and his team of researchers for their groundbreaking research into a cure for HIV
HIV/AIDS has been the most devastating contagious disease of our time, killing over 25 million people. So far, researchers have been unable to find a cure because the virus becomes part of the infected person’s CD4 white blood cells and then takes over, replicating to infect more cells. But a group of Danish researchers are making phenomenal headway into finding a cure. They expect results from their first round of human clinical trials within a few months.
The scientists, led by Dr. Ole Søgaard of Aarhus Hospital’s Department of Infectious Diseases, are attempting to draw the HIV virus out of the cells where it can be reached. At that point, the virus would come to the cell’s surface where it could be attacked by the patient’s immune system and medications or a vaccine. The treatment was already found effective on human skin cells in a lab.
“The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognize the virus and destroy it,” Søgaard told the Telegraph. “This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems, as well as how large a proportion of the hidden HIV is unmasked.”
The cure is currently being tested on 15 patients. If they are found to be cured of HIV, further research will take place with more patients. It could take around 10 years for the research to be complete, but if it works it will save millions of lives. Commend Dr. Ole Søgaard for his groundbreaking research.
Dear Dr. Søgaard,
We commend you and your team for your research into a cure for HIV. While a vaccine is obviously important, it’s great to see such promising research heading straight towards a cure.
We hope that your research goes according to plan, is funded, and that a cure is made available as soon as possible. On behalf of the 34 million people infected with HIV, thank you.
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