Hey, good news! British scientists are trying out some new HIV medicines, with one test patient showing no signs of the virus following experimental clinical trials. What does that mean, exactly? It means that we are really damn close to curing HIV! Hooray!
According to the Sunday Times, the patient in question is a 44-year-old man. He's one of 50 to complete a trial of what is being called an "ambitious" treatment designed by a team of scientists and doctors from five of Britain’s leading universities. More specifically, the new medicines were created to track down and destroy HIV in every part of the body.
“This is one of the first serious attempts at a full cure for HIV. We are exploring the real possibility of curing HIV," says National Institute of Health's Mark Samuels. "This is a huge challenge and it’s still early days but the progress has been remarkable.”
The Guardian notes that despite cautious optimism, HIV tends to re-appear after periods of dormancy, even in people thought to be totally cured. In the meantime, this research is still considered rather promising.