Researchers Reportedly Remove HIV From Cells

There’s great news in the medical world.

The Temple University School of Medicine research team has been working toward a cure for HIV. Well, they’ve made groundbreaking progress, announcing in a study published on July 21 that they have designed a way to eliminate the HIV-1 virus from cultured human cells.

“This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,” Kamel Khalili, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of neuroscience at Temple, told CBS Philadelphia.

The research team, led by Khalili, developed molecular tools that can convert “infected cells to uninfected cells and that is very important because the current therapy can not eliminate the virus from cells.”

Though the technique has yet to be perfected and still faces challenges that need to be worked out, Khalili and his team remain confident.

“We want to eradicate every single copy of HIV-1 from the patient,” he told CBS. “That will cure AIDS. I think this technology is the way we can do it.”

As Blacks are eight times more likely to contract the virus, this breakthrough offers a positive outlook on HIV and its successor, AIDS.

Read Temple’s announcement report here.