Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Developments in HIV Cure

Never say Never:
via the Drudge Report:

Doctors may have found a way to destroy HIV

HOUSTON -- There is real hope that what’s happening in a Houston lab might lead to a cure for HIV.

“We have found an innovative way to kill the virus by finding this small region of HIV that is unchangeable,” Dr. Sudhir Paul of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston said.

Dr. Paul and Dr. Miguel Escobar aren’t talking about just suppressing HIV – they’re talking about destroying it permanently by arming the immune system with a new weapon lab tests have shown to be effective.

Ford Stuart has been HIV positive for 15 years. He’s on a powerful drug cocktail that keeps the disease in check.

“I’m on four different medications. Three of them are brand new, and it’s the first time that I’ve ever been non-detectible,” Stuart said. “I’m down to about – just for the HIV – about nine pills per day, five in the morning and four at night.”

But Stuart knows HIV mutates, and eventually it will learn how to outsmart his medications.

“The virus is truly complex and has many tricks up its sleeve,” Paul said.

But Dr. Paul thinks he’s cracked a code.

“We’ve discovered the weak spot of HIV,” he said.

Paul and his team have zeroed in on a section of a key protein in HIV’s structure that does not mutate.

“The virus needs at least one constant region, and that is the essence of calling it the Achilles heel,” Paul said.

That Achilles heel is the doctors’ way in. They take advantage of it with something called an abzyme.

It’s naturally produced by people, like lupus patients. When they applied that abzyme to the HIV virus, it permanently disarmed it.

“What we already have in our hand are the abzymes that we could be infusing into the human subjects with HIV infection, essentially to move the virus,” Paul said.

Basically, their idea could be used to control the disease for people who already have it and prevent infection for those at risk.

The theory has held up in lab and animal testing. The next step is human trials.

Meanwhile, every day in Houston, three people are diagnosed with HIV.

The doctors still need funding to launch human trials. In the world of HIV research, that’s often where things fall apart.

“Clinical trials are very expensive,” Paul said.

“That is the worry of the researcher. This is what nightmares are made of – that after 30 years of work, you find it doesn’t work,” Paul said.

But so far, it is working.

“This is the holy grail of HIV research, to develop a preventative vaccine,” Paul said.

“If we can get the viral loads down to a manageable level, that will preclude the need for these conventional drugs,” Escobar said.

Still, even if everything goes well, it’s at least five years before the research could help people with HIV.

The doctors know people like Ford Stuart are waiting.

“There are so many people struggling with the disease because it affects not only your body, but also your psyche, how you perceive yourself,” he said.

If nothing else, the research is promising for the tens of millions waiting for a cure.

UPDATE: My handsome gorilla-looking peer and blogger friend, This Boy Elroy shines some scientific and professional light on this topic which you can see here.

24 comments:

Todd E. said...

You're welcome.

Knucklecrack said...

Thanks Todd :D

Adam said...

"Still, even if everything goes well, it’s at least five years before the research could help people with HIV. "

I work in research and NOTHING ever goes "well" to plan.

I saw this news two weeks ago and I am very skeptical. There is no published peer-reviewed work on this research, so that should be everyone's first warning about getting too excited about this.

Also, what happens in a test tube translates to the clinic probably 1% of the time.

So when these guys get their in vito work published in a peer reviewed journal AND THEN when they provide positive outcome clinical data I will be excited.

The trick isn't to destroy HIV, the trick is to destroy HIV and leave the person alive. I can destroy HIV with bleach and water but injecting that mix into a person would take both down. I think this group needs to flesh out more of the finer details, especially before going public.

erquirk said...

Like everything with HIV research, you have to approach it with a combination of skepticism and hope. Before getting too excited, or writing it off completely, let's wait to see what develops. I certainly hope that it leads to something...

Thanks for keeping the issue front and center, Eric. Some people seem to believe that it's all over.

Sidebar: Could you include even MORE shirtless pics of your HAWT self on the blog? I'd appreciate it...

the zak said...

          > “I’m on four different medications. Three of them
          > are brand new, and it’s the first time that I’ve
          > ever been non-detectible,”

What does this use of the term nondetectible mean?... would antibody testing detect antibodies?...

Mike said...

It means that the level of viral replication, at the time a blood sample was taken, was at a level below the sensitivity of the assay (test) that was used to measure a viral load. It is a good thing to have a very low viral load. However, even at such a level, the virus is always reproducing in your body and will fluctuate depending on many factors (e.g., time of day, other viruses or bacterial infections, etc.). Also, while there is generally a relationship between the viral load in plasma and the viral load in genital secretions (e.g., semen), it is not a 1:1 correspondence. That is the viral load in semen could be higher at a given point in time than it is in blood.

the zak said...

Of note
http://orthoprax.blogspot.com/
2008/07/informed-consent-for-hiv-testing.html

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florence deckson said...

Hello people in the world I am Florence deck/son my testimony about my ugly situation of my health, I was HIV positive and with a spell on my body over ten years of time, I and my family who so much concern of my have goes a long way seeking for cure all over the places that we can go to and we have lost our hope nothing can be done any longer because of area we visited spend huge amount of money and at the end nothing changes about the spell and the HIV, Until one faithful day that I met my friend in the hospital when I went for check up and I told him about my suffering then she gave me a location where her aunty cure her own so I just think that it may be the same places that I have been before so I told my sister about so she gave me money and I went to the place getting there I explain my self to the man and tell me my HIV status then he gave instructions and he treated me with his herbs just for two weeks ,and he ask me to go for test and I said on my mind maybe he is cheating me again so I do what he said but glory be to God then I went back to the man with the result .he said that it is well and he take me to a building at night and ask me to bath with the water in the bow and gave me little to drink and I slept off but the following morning I urinate it was black in nature that was how the spell was out of me till date. Please this man I worth giving him millions, please in any situation you find yourself that is not the end and I know that all power belong to God but he works through person, so if you need his help visit him at udomightyspellcastertemple@yahoo.com thanks be to God halleluya am healed,

florence deckson said...

Hello people in the world I am Florence deck/son my testimony about my ugly situation of my health, I was HIV positive and with a spell on my body over ten years of time, I and my family who so much concern of my have goes a long way seeking for cure all over the places that we can go to and we have lost our hope nothing can be done any longer because of area we visited spend huge amount of money and at the end nothing changes about the spell and the HIV, Until one faithful day that I met my friend in the hospital when I went for check up and I told him about my suffering then she gave me a location where her aunty cure her own so I just think that it may be the same places that I have been before so I told my sister about so she gave me money and I went to the place getting there I explain my self to the man and tell me my HIV status then he gave instructions and he treated me with his herbs just for two weeks ,and he ask me to go for test and I said on my mind maybe he is cheating me again so I do what he said but glory be to God then I went back to the man with the result .he said that it is well and he take me to a building at night and ask me to bath with the water in the bow and gave me little to drink and I slept off but the following morning I urinate it was black in nature that was how the spell was out of me till date. Please this man I worth giving him millions, please in any situation you find yourself that is not the end and I know that all power belong to God but he works through person, so if you need his help visit him at udomightyspellcastertemple@yahoo.com thanks be to God halleluya am healed,

Cieble Jen said...

I am cieble jen from Uk, i navel believe that hiv cure is real on till i got in contact with Dr. dr abiola, my HIV stated eight years ago, i was even waiting for death because all my money went out for drug, which keep me till today, one day i saw in the interment that HIV cure is out i then email Dr abiola and he prepare the herb for me which i took, after taking it he told me to go to the hospital which i did, could you believe that i was confirm HIV negative after the test, and i went to another hospital and it was also negative. if you have this problem and you want to be free from it please contact this doctor with this email address deadly.diseases.cure@hotmail.com , he is the best HIV cure you will find in the whole world. thank you Dr abiola am free now.

Cristina Ezekiel said...

I never believed spell could cue HIV on till now.
My name is Cristina Ezekiel from South Africa i saw some testimonies on the internet on how Dr. Ariba cured a girl of HIV/AIDS. but because i was desperate i tried and contacted him on dr.aribaspelltemple@outlook.com and he casted my spell and sent me a parcel and after two days i was healed totally. if you need his help, you can contact him on dr.aribaspelltemple@outlook.com Or draribaspelltemple@gmail.com and get cured.
Kind regards,
Cristina.

Edwado Ben said...

i want to share a testimony, my names are hivcurecenter@gmail.com i,m from Tsentralnaya Ulitsa in Russia. i was diagnose of HIV/AIDS in 2013, when i slept with a man in an hotel, along Ulitsa street. i wept throughout the day when i was told i was HIV positive i wanted to commit suicide because i was upset. i was taking some anti-HIV drugs to keep me stable of not dieing, i saw several testimonies that people gave concerning how a man call dr shant tami heal there HIV/AIDS, i contacted him to help me and he told me to get some spiritual items, i did according to what he ask me and he woke me up about 11:59 and cast the healing spell and send me something to used, two days later he told me to diagnose my self again in any hospital, i went to different hospitals and the all gave me the same result that i,m HIV/AIDS negative. this man is really the best healer you can think of my mouth is full of testimony, what the doctors and the rest can not cure he cured it. dr shant tami is so real. you can contact dr shant tami via: hivcurecenter@gmail.com call him on +2348115435381

arjen moore said...

Been a HIV positive is just like been through hell; well special thanks to God almighty for using Dr. Zaki the greatest spell caster in curing my HIV disease. I was diagnosed of this disease in the year 2008. Thou I was taking my medications buy I was not myself. Until last two weeks. My friend came to me and told me that he saw many testimonies on how a spell caster cured people HIV disease. Thou I never believe in spell, I said to myself "seen is believing" I took his name and searched it on GOOGLE, I saw many testimonies myself. Quickly, I copied his email dr.zakiherbalhome@gmail.com I emailed him, he gave me a form to fill which I did, then he called me and told me that his gods required some items in which he will use in casting a curing spell on me. And di told him to get the listed items needed to prepare my cure because by then i have little faith in him, few hours later he called me and told me he is through preparing the cure. so he send it to me I got my parcel, it was a herbal cure as described by Dr. Zaki. I took the herbal cure and after taking it for a week and some days. He told me to go for check up, I went to the hospital and had a hiv test, I was tested HIV negative. Quickly I called him and tell him what happened he congratulated me. I promise to tell the world about him. You can contact via email or phone number dr.zakiherbalhome@gmail.com

Dikson Williams said...

My Name is Mike Mougar from Zambia, i am here to give my testimony about a doctor who help me in my life. I was infected with HIV virus in the 2013,i went to many hospitals,churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life, I lost everything I have my husband run away from me and also took my children along because of my sickness. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me out that’s the reason she normally come here to help people so that thy can be cured because she was into this problem before, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that i should go for medical check up, called Dr Cuba for your solutions now at
drcubatemple@gmail.com add him on watsapp +2347038965900
website is......[ www.dr-cubatemple.webs.com]

Dikson Williams said...

My Name is Mike Mougar from Zambia, i am here to give my testimony about a doctor who help me in my life. I was infected with HIV virus in the 2013,i went to many hospitals,churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life, I lost everything I have my husband run away from me and also took my children along because of my sickness. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me out that’s the reason she normally come here to help people so that thy can be cured because she was into this problem before, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that i should go for medical check up, called Dr Cuba for your solutions now at
drcubatemple@gmail.com add him on watsapp +2347038965900
website is......[ www.dr-cubatemple.webs.com]

Dikson Williams said...

My Name is Mike Mougar from Zambia, i am here to give my testimony about a doctor who help me in my life. I was infected with HIV virus in the 2013,i went to many hospitals,churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life, I lost everything I have my husband run away from me and also took my children along because of my sickness. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me out that’s the reason she normally come here to help people so that thy can be cured because she was into this problem before, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that i should go for medical check up, called Dr Cuba for your solutions now at
drcubatemple@gmail.com add him on watsapp +2347038965900
website is......[ www.dr-cubatemple.webs.com]

Dikson Williams said...

My Name is Mike Mougar from Zambia, i am here to give my testimony about a doctor who help me in my life. I was infected with HIV virus in the 2013,i went to many hospitals,churches for cure but there was no solution out, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that i cannot loose my life, I lost everything I have my husband run away from me and also took my children along because of my sickness. One day I was in the river side thinking the next step to take if it is to jump into the river so that I can loose my life totally or just think where I can go to get solution. so a lady walk to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to him telling her my stories, she told me that she can help me out that’s the reason she normally come here to help people so that thy can be cured because she was into this problem before, she introduce me to a doctor who cast spells on people and gave me he number and email so i called him and also email him. He told me all the things I need to provide and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening he called me and told me that i should go for medical check up, called Dr Cuba for your solutions now at
drcubatemple@gmail.com add him on watsapp +2347038965900
website is......[ www.dr-cubatemple.webs.com]

Jude harry said...

Hello everyone, I'm here to speak about the good work {Dr hazzan} has done in my life, the man who cured me from HIV/ AIDS, I was infected by someone i loved and he didn't say it me he was HIV positive. i was searching through the internet for help when i saw a comment of people speaking on how {Dr hazzan} has helped them cure their HIV disease and other diseases, i didn't believe but i just choose to give Him a try to {Dr hazzan} and i contacted him through this e-mail (dr.hazzanherbalcentre@gmail.com) and i was told what to do and i did it. To my greatest surprise after patiently going according to instruction given to me by this man called {Dr hazzan} and i went for a medical test and the result was negative. I want to say thanks to Dr hazzan and God will bless you for the good work you are doing. you also contact this great and powerful man if you have any problem on your body via his e-mail: dr.hazzanherbalcentre@gmail.com or call him on +2348169340571
he is for real a herbal doctor.

Ehrlich Bella said...


HELLO
Dear friends,
All thanks to Dr charles for curing my HIV positive to Negative, i do not have much to say but with all my life i will for ever be grateful to him and God Almighty for using Dr charles to reach me when i thought it is all over, today am happy with my two kids and my husband after the medical doctor have confirmed my HIV status Negative,i have never in my life believed that HIV could be cure by any herbal medicine. so i want to use this means to reach other persons who have this disease by testifying the wonderful herbs and power of Dr charles all is not lost yet, try and contact him by any means with his email: hivspelltemple@outlook.com

Tanya Albert said...

Dr. Ekpiku God will continue to bless you more abundantly, for the good works you are doing in peoples life, I will keep on writing and posting testimonies about you on the Internet, I’m Tanya Albert, I was a HIV patient, I saw a blog on how Dr. Ekpiku cured someone, I contacted him and also got my healing, kindly email him now on ekpikuspelhomeofgrace@gmail.com or ekpikuspelhomeofgrace@hotmail.com email me on tanya.albert58@yahoo.co.uk. THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ekpiku. . HERPES . HIV/AIDS . CANCER...

Emilhy Martins said...

Thank to dr. okorom for his good work I really believe HIV have cure I was HIV positive over since 1year plus before I come across a comment dr.okorom that he have cure to any disease and virus but when I saw it i have it in mind that he can’t cure HIV I just decided to give a try I contact him that night lucky to me he said yes but I don’t believe him I think it was a scam or some thing like that but I still hold on to see the work of dr.okorom if he is saying the true he ask for different things and some question about me I give him all the detail he needed and I wait to see his reply to my problem after all the things is done he ask me to go for check up I went for hiv test I cant believe I was negative the medicine doctor was surprasie and doctor even ask for dr okorom email which i give to him, he is help people that contact him also he can still help you on your cure thanks dr.okorom for helping me for the cure at this young age if you need help contact him now dr.okoromspellhome@live.com or call +2348158168556 or http://dr-okorom.webs.com/

tracy said...

NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS'
Hello my fellow Americans please let show love to each others because we are all one, i suffered hiv virus many years ago, and i have been to different hospitals still yet the hiv virus spread each an everyday. one day i came across Mrs Jane from New York sharing how she was be cured from this hiv virus totally, i have know option than to contact the man called drogbes (drogbeslovetemple@gmail.com ) that help her put an end to the hiv virus within 14 days and also explain my problem to him. He also help me by preparing a native herbal medicine that flush the hiv virus from my body system and the one on my skin clear at once after using the native cream he also prepared for me. today i am happy to celebrate this coming Xmas well with my family, my advice to those that is passing through this problem don't be ashame to contact and share your problem well to drogbes because i also believe he can put an end to your situation within 14 days please Americans let unite together to make sure we put an end to this herpes virus please share this testimony to those that also need help and if you wanna celebrate this Xmas without any virus email him direct now: (drogbeslovetemple@gmail.com)or whatsapp him on +2348102380983

JOHNSON KATE said...

I'm here again to appreciate. DR WILLIAMS God will always continue to bless you more abundantly, for the good works you did in my life, I will always keep on writing good and posting my testimonies about you on the Internet, I’m KATE from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was tested HIV positive, I saw a blog on how DR WILLIAMS cured people with his herbal portion, i did not believe but i just decided to give him a try, I contacted him and also got my healing, i am so happy. If you have any problem or you are also infected with any disease, contact him Drwilliams098765@gmail.com for advice and for his product,i hope this testimony also help some one out there