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New 'OPAL Therapy' Presents Simple, Cost-effective Method Of Treating HIV Infection

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posted on May, 5 2008 @ 09:49 AM
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New 'OPAL Therapy' Presents Simple, Cost-effective Method Of Treating HIV Infection


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ScienceDaily (May 5, 2008) — Australian researchers have unveiled a new immunotherapy technique to help prevent the progression from HIV infection to AIDS. Details of the simple, cost-effective technique are published May 2nd in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens.

There is an overwhelming need for effective immunotherapies for HIV, as current therapies are expensive, impractical, and often highly toxic. The authors, led by Professor Stephen Kent, propose a technique named OPAL therapy--Overlapping Peptide-pulsed Autologous CeLls--a reinfusion of fresh blood cells incubating with overlapping SIV peptides. The OPAL technique was successfully tested in animal trials for stimulation of immunity, control of virus levels, and prevention of AIDS.

Vaccination diminished the levels of virus 10-fold lower than in controls, and was shown to be durable for over one year past initial vaccination. Therefore, viral replication was shown to be prolonged and more manageable, resulting in fewer deaths from AIDS.
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posted on May, 5 2008 @ 09:49 AM
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This is the second piece of good news I have come across lately in terms of AIDS research. Perhaps, just perhaps they are finally closing in on a way of curing this scourge.

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