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  • 5/12/2008

Aussies find new treatment for AIDS

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Australian scientists have found a new HIV treatment that trains the body's immune system cells to recognize the AIDS virus quicker.


Called OPAL (Overlapping Peptide-pulsed Autologous Cells), the new treatment involves mixing a patient's own blood cells with tiny bits of protein from the virus and re-infusing the cells into the patient.


OPAL would be categorized as an immunotherapy technique, or a so-called therapeutic vaccine, said Stephen Kent of the University of Melbourne and colleagues.


The HIV virus attacks the immune system and goes after CD4 T immune cells, which are supposed to attack and kill them.


Researchers believe OPAL will work best when started immediately after infection, Reuters reported.

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