New virus is capable of attacking 99% of HIV strains
According to the International Aids Society this is an exciting breakthrough. Human trials will begin in 2018 to see if it is possible to prevent or treat infections. According to Linda-Gail Bekker, the group's president, these antibodies seem to go beyond the natural and may have applications than anticipated.
How the antibody works
Researchers explain that in our body we have antibodies that fight to combat HIV. Unfortunately, this virus has a great ability to modify itself, making it difficult for the immune system to function.
However, some patients are able to develop broad, attacking neutralizing antibodies capable of killing extensions of HIV strains. The scientists' creation combines three broadly neutralizing types of antibodies as a way to treat HIV, or prevent infection. They are more powerful and more efficient than the ones we have in our body.
So far, the experiment was done with 24 monkeys and experts realized that they had an impressive degree of protection.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), a strategy to prevent HIV infection, was initially made available to health professionals who were accidentally exposed to HIV (with needles and other contaminated instruments ) or for victims of sexual violence. Since 2010, however, there is the sexual PEP version. This is a strategy to supplement safe sex, indicated for people who have been exposed to sexual situations of risk for HIV infection: failure to use or even to break condoms.
Often, when we think of diseases in a region, we forget the role of each individual when it comes to fighting them. If the issue is a public health problem in our community, every correct attitude is worth a lot. " " A good deal of disease can be avoided or at least be at risk of being reduced by individual measures, "says the Rodrigo Lima, director of the Brazilian Society of Family and Community Medicine The epidemiologist Eduardo Hage, director of the Department of Surveillance of Transmissible Diseases (DEVIT) of the Ministry of Health, citizen participation is essential.