Last week the good news was known that a young Argentinean managed to control the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and so “heal“in a natural way. This is an exceptional case that constitutes the second documented in history.
This was reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In this work appears the names of two Argentine researchers, Gabriela Turk and Natalia Laufer. The latter spoke with MDZ Radio and recounted the details of this novel case.
In dialogue with the program “Don’t sing victory”, The INBIRS researcher explained that thanks to this” a new door opens to be able to think about the possibility of cure this is a chronic infection. “
He explained that although there are antecedents, they are very few but they represent hope. “About 15 years ago there was a small light, which was the ‘Berlin patient’, a person who received a bone marrow transplant from a donor who had a mutation that makes the entry of the patient more difficult. HIV to cells. After several years, no more copies of the virus were detected in the cells of the person who received it, “he said.
Natalia Laufer commented that this was the first indication that through some mechanisms the cure“And he added that something similar happened with a” patient from London. ”
So far, the cases had involved a bone marrow transplant, something that “involves a lot of difficulties and is impractical on a large scale.” “However, there are two cases of two women in whom no copy of the virus with the ability to multiply is detected and who did not receive any type of intervention,” he said.
This news “is something very special that opens the door for us to think that by modulating the immune system we may be able to eradicate the infection once it is established in the body.” Likewise, the specialist was realistic and recognized that there is still a long way of research to find the appropriate mechanism.
“This novelty allows us to think that maybe we can find the common pattern, but what it could be is not yet determined,” he said. “And when we say of modulating or improving the immune system, we are talking about something that will involve strategies through vaccines or drugs and not improvements in diet or greater exercise, which although they have positive impacts on health, they do not. at this level, “he clarified.
Before concluding, Natalia Laufer indicated that fortunately patients with HIV they can lead a quiet life thanks to free access medical strategies in the country that have allowed mortality to drop “dramatically”. But they also have the benefit that “a person who takes the medication has more than 95% chances of achieving maximum control of the virus, does not transmit the infection, can have children and a life without the complications that were associated to the presence of the virus “.
Here the complete interview with Natalia Laufer in MDZ Radio.