|Giving the virus a virus
Aug 16, 2000
Maybe I am 20 years late with this question, as it has probably already been tried, but here goes:
Is is possible that we could isolate an enzyme, that would alter the DNA of the aids particles, to the extent that the alteration would either inhibit the virus' ability to "fool" the immune system, and/or create even a slight variation, to which the infected immune cell would react and destroy? Or perhaps an enzyme that would alter the receptor factors within the immune sys. cells and/or the virus particles? Yes, this is a serious question, and I am afraid that I have been like millions of Americans, who have just simply closed our eyes and held our breath until science saved the day on this disease. only recently have I even become interested in how the virus works, etc., and scientific achievements in this area. I have recently started volunteering my time to an AIDS Hospice. Thank You.
Response from Dr. Feinberg
Researchers are working on substances that block the receptor sites for the virus on immune system cells, so you are right on track about that. I don't think the concept of "infecting" HIV with another virus is a viable approach.
Stages of AIDS
- Cut On Lip Risk Of Getting HIV
- How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested After Sharing A Toothbrush?
- Does Burning Penis Mean I Have Hiv?
- Is Groin Pain A Symptom Of HIV?
- Chest Cold After Oral Sex With No Protection Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Sinus Infection After Vaginal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.