Research regarding HIV is coming up with possibly new ways to treat, prevent and even block the virus. A new study entitled, “AAV-expressed eCD4-Ig provides durable protection from multiple SHIV challenges” presents new data on a protein compound (eCD4-Ig) found in muscle cells which block the HIV virus from attaching itself to a cell. If proven successful with all cells, then this would leave the HIV virus unable to attach itself to any cell. ThHe body’s immune system will then search it out and kill it as it does with other viruses and bacteria.
This study was conducted on our cousins, monkeys. However, it may be a reality in human beings since we share similar genes. This new artificial compound protected monkeys for 40 weeks. ECD4-Ig is so strong that it may even slow down or eradicate the virus in human beings already infected with it. The research looks promising, but there is still much that needs to be studied in order to finalize some cure or treatment that is compatible with human beings.