A new breakthrough in HIV research

An experiment in Britain showed that a special herb cocktail made the virus disappear from a patient's blood. The researchers claim that there is still a long way to go until a permanent solution can be discovered but these findings represent a great breakthrough.
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Scientists and doctors in Britain are working on an experiment testing an alternative medicine for HIV. The researchers say that there has been impressive progress as they found that there were no more signs of the virus in a patient's blood after he took the medicine.

The experiment was conducted by 5 of the leading universities in Britain. The experiment combines anti-viral medications and a medication that stimulates the dormant virus. In addition, a vaccine that helps the immune system destroy the infected cells is added to the combination.

About 50 patients are participating in the experiment. The breakthrough was reported after the preliminary checkups showed that one of the patient's blood tests came back with no more signs of the virus.

The regular anti-viral medications, also known as cocktail drugs, are only able to stop the virus from reproducing but cannot eliminate the virus. Due to this, many patients need to keep taking these medications for the rest of their lives.

Although the breakthrough is impressive, there is still a lot of progress that needs to be made before a permanent solution to the virus is found. In the past, research studies showed that patients who used these anti-viral medications suddenly got better but no evidence indicating that the virus had been eliminated was found.

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