Medical professionals have been trying to find a cure for HIV/AIDS for a long time. And now, the medical system has developed an alternative treatment to give a normal living experience to an HIV positive person.
Doctors have come up with a variety of treatments including anti-viral drugs. These aid by suppressing this virus.
Though, there is no permanent cure for the disease. The current medical facilities can successfully lessen the disease’s effects as well as its progression.
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Science is currently helping HIV positive patients to live a comfortable and surprisingly longer lifespan via these alternative methods:
Alternative Treatment- The Shock & kill method
The scientists have come up with a shock and kill procedure. HIV is capable of hiding and remaining silent in the host body. Until and unless the patient is taking any antiretroviral therapy.
Though, once the patient plans to stops the therapy, this fatal virus reactivates. It soon multiplies and in no time, it spreads in the entire body once again.
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The Shock and Kill procedure are tactically used to “awaken” the previously dormant virus and then killing them.
This helps in destroying an entire group of HIVs altogether. But the process is not as easy as it sounds. It has its potential risks. Supposedly, even one of the many viruses survive, it can vigorously reproduce and fatally harm the patient.
Alternative Treatment- The Lock & Block method
This is not the same as the Shock &kill method. This technique works by trapping the virus in its reservoir cell. After doing so, it may stay and thereby will not be able to reactivate.
Unquestionably, the virus will still be in the patient’s body. But, since it’s trapped, it is not capable of multiplying. This keeps the patient face in most cases. However, the risk is involved because the virus is still in the body.
The Stem-Cell Transplants
Though, it’s not a cure. Nevertheless, doctors reveal that they have treated two patients via this method. It is not an official alternative because not every virus-effected body reacts well to these transplants.
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