3 December 2014
A new study has suggested that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is losing its ability to cause AIDS so rapidly.
The research was conducted with 2,000 African women and revealed that the virus has evolved in Botswana to adapt to HLA-B57 more than in South Africa, so patients are no longer benefiting from protective treatment. However, it also revealed that HIV is suffering from this as it makes it less able to replicate, resulting in a less viral disease.
These figures come as campaigners announce that it is the first time in the epidemic’s 30-year history that the annual number of new HIV infections is lower than the number of HIV-positive people entering treatment.
Lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Professor Philip Goulder from Oxford University said it suggests that treatment is reducing the ability of HIV to cause AIDS so quickly.
However, he explained that HIV is still a dangerous virus that has not lost its potency, and should still be avoided.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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