‘Another step closer’: Western University researchers work on cure for AIDS – CTV

March 26, 2024

Researchers at Western University are another step closer to finding an “effective and affordable targeted treatment strategy for an HIV cure,” according to the school.

The treatment is an HIV-virus-like-particle (HLP),which are dead HIV particles hosting a comprehensive set of HIV proteins that increase immune responses without infecting a person.

When compared with other potential cure approaches, Western said HLP is an affordable biotherapeutic and can be administered by intramuscular injection, similar to the seasonal flu vaccine.

“The development of this HIV cure was 10 years in the making, but with strong support from our collaborators in the U.S., Canada and Uganda, we have observed a striking ability of HLP to drive out the last remnants of HIV-1, which we hope will provide an affordable cure for all,” said Eric Arts, a professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and who is a Canada Research Chair in HIV Pathogenesis and Viral Control. “To live HIV-free is a goal for the 39 million infected. It is also the priority of the UN and WHO to end the HIV pandemic by 2030.”

Read more: https://london.ctvnews.ca/another-step-closer-western-researchers-work-on-cure-for-aids-1.6822577

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