One Step Forward in the Treatment of AIDS

There is good news from people living with AIDS and the health community. The next step in the treatment of AIDS began to appear. Dr. Kathleen Collins and her team found the virus that causes AIDS or HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) can hide in the bone marrow, untouched by drugs and later rise and cause disease. By knowing how the virus is hiding, experts hope that in the future they can find therapy against this virus.

In a report written in the journal Nature Medicine, Dr. Kathleen Collins of the University of Michigan and his team explained, the HIV could infect bone marrow cells that sometimes enter through blood cells.

According to Collins, the virus will dwell in bone cell cells, but when the initial cell enters the blood cell, the virus will re-activate and cause new infections. The virus kills new blood cells and moves to other cells and infects.

“The first step before getting rid of this viral cell is understanding how latent infections will continue,” Collins said.

Advances in treatment technology have succeeded in reducing the mortality rate from AIDS, but people living with AIDS must continue to take their medicine so that the infection does not return. According to Collins, this is an indication of how the drug fights the virus. “Some types of disease viruses choose to hide and reappear once treatment is stopped,” he said.

One of the first hiding places is in blood cells called macrophages. Another place is the T-cells. According to Collins, there are still many other places that are hiding places for the HIV.

By knowing the sources of infection, it is expected that AIDS patients will no longer depend on drugs after the infection ends. “Currently AIDS patients depend on drugs for the rest of their lives,” he said.

Hopefully, with this step forward, AIDS will soon be able to find a cure.