|Future HIV Treatments
Mar 9, 2011
I've been reading quite a lot of information about the potential for HIV to be cured i.e. removal of CCR5 co-receptors on the CD4 T-Cell (Zinc Finger Technology). Why can't you simply attach or introduce an antagonist into the system that inhibits HIV from attaching to this receptor?
Thanks and Regards,
| Response from Dr. Henry
That approach shows promise but other than in the case of the Berlin patient who had leukemia and underwent dangerous and very expensive chemotherapy/stem cell transplant no documented functional cure has occurred. Zinc finger technology is intriguing but has lots of work to go to demonstrate a functional cure so that HIV drugs are not needed from both safety and efficacy standpoint. Also-likely to be very expensive but will be very interesting to observe what happens with that approach over the next 5 years. KH
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