Good News About HIV

hivYou don’t hear much about the HIV epidemic any more, despite the fact that an estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with the disease, and an estimated 44,000 new cases are reported in this country every year.  The Center for Disease Control says that 36.7 million people around the world have the disease, and 1.1 million died from AIDS-related causes last year.

Until recently, there was no cure for HIV.  But that may have changed, thanks to the work of researchers at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London and King’s College London.  The researchers are testing a new therapy which targets the disease in its dormant state, and to everyone’s surprise, one of the 50 people in the trial appears to be completely cured.  The virus is completely undetectable in his bloodstream.

Current treatments have reduced the death rate of HIV victims by targeting the disease whenever it starts reproducing from the DNA of immune cells in the body.  But these anti-retroviral therapies (ARTs) can’t spot infected cells where the virus is dormant.  The new therapy uses a vaccine to help the body recognize which cells are HIV-infected, and then a drug called Verinostat activates those dormant cells so they can be spotted by the immune system and eliminated.

The trial is ongoing, but it provides hope for millions of people who are living under one of the most intractable diseases on the planet.

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/statistics.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/02/hiv-cure-close-after-disease-vanishes-from-blood-of-british-man/

 

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Tom Batterman, founder of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy and Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is in the business of representing the best financial interests of his clients. Having provided objective, fee-only financial management services for over two decades, he specializes in managing the investment and related financial affairs of individuals and mutual insurance companies who do not have the time, interest or expertise to manage such matters on their own. As an objective, unbiased professional who takes on a fiduciary responsibility to his clients, he guides clients to the financial decisions they would make themselves if they had years of training and experience and the time and expertise to fully research and understand all of their options. Founded in 2010 as an outgrowth of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy, Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is a financial management solution for individuals and mutual insurance companies who recognize they do not have the time, interest or expertise to properly attend to their financial matters on their own. While there are many financial “advisors”, most of them have investment products to sell and the “advice” they provide is geared toward getting their clients to engage in a purchase. As one of the rare subset of advisors known as “fiduciary advisors”, Financial Fiduciaries does not sell any investment product so its guidance is not compromised by conflicts of interest which plague ordinary advisors. Prior to his employment in the financial industry in financial advocacy and trust positions, he worked at a private law practice in the Wausau area in the areas of estate planning, tax, retirement planning, corporate organizations and real estate. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW-Madison Law School and has during his career held Series 7, 24 and 65 securities licenses. A longtime resident of the Wausau, Wisconsin Area, Tom is active in the community. He enjoys golf, curling, skiing, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
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