HIV Remission Has Better Chance with Early Antiretroviral Therapy
Researchers are one step closer to achieving long-term remission of HIV following the results of a recent study. A team at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has examined the use of antiretroviral therapy as an early treatment for new HIV infections.
So far, HIV has proven difficult to cure due to its mechanisms. The virus creates a “backup” of itself in long-living cells. Even if the body kills off active HIV cells, the latent cells have the ability to awaken and resume viral activity. Current treatments have yet to achieve long-term remission of the disease.
In the study, published in EBioMedicine, researchers looked at two groups of HIV-positive individuals diagnosed within weeks of contracting the virus. One group received antiretroviral therapy treatment immediately, while the other group did not.
Researchers observed that the early application of therapy lead to drastic differences in the presence of HIV DNA in both groups. In those who did not receive early therapy, the virus was able to peak within six weeks of infection and establish the latent DNA. Those who did receive treatment showed a 20-fold reduction of the latent DNA levels at the two-week treatment mark and 316-fold after three years of treatment.
Reducing the stores of latent DNA at an early stage gives hope that researchers will be able to achieve longer periods of remission in HIV-positive patients with early diagnosis and intervention.
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