This Rare Antibody Found To Neutralize 98% Of All HIV Strains

Since the HIV epidemic in the 1980's, scientists have been tirelessly trying to find a cure, a task which has seemed impossible - until now.

A huge breakthrough has been discovered by a team of scientists at the US-based National Institutes of Health (NIH), which could lead to a cure of the awful disease.

Although treatments have improved, and the disease is no longer the death sentence it once was, the has been no solution found to eliminate the virus altogether. The HIV is so hard to treat because as with normal viruses, the body is able to produce antibodies to pin down the virus and neutralise it, but the HIV virus is too resilient.

Antibodies work by producing white blood cells to kill of viruses, and although the body is able to do this in the case of HIV, it is unable to pin the virus down to treat it. It has been described that the human antibody is not 'bendy' enough to stretch all the way around the HIV virus to kill it.

This new breakthrough however, has taken an isolated antibody from a HIV infected person that has been found to neutralise the virus 98% of the time.

It also stops 16 out of 20 HIV strains that are immune to similar antibodies. The team have said it “evolved to circumvent common mechanisms of resistance, resulting in an antibody that achieves potent, near-pan neutralization of HIV-1."

The antibody is known as N6, and could in the near future be used to successfully treat HIV patients so that they don't carry the virus any more.

The new antibody is so effective it could replace the current drugs which have to be taken everyday to just a booster a couple of times a year.

Although this breakthrough is significant, it is still in the early stages and more testing and research needs to be done, but it is a step in the right direction. In just 20-30 years we have come from fairly unsuccessful treatments to a near-cure, so the chance that this cruel disease will soon be a preventable virus is a real one.

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