HIV – Curing the Incurable | Daniel Aaron Donahue
HIV-positive individuals continue to face stigma and discrimination. For the 2 million people who are infected with HIV every year, this means a lifetime of treatment without a final cure, although methods for keeping the disease at bay do exist. The key to curing HIV is to kill the dormant virus in healthy cells. The two most promising strategies for a cure are using specific antibodies to kill cells with dormant HIV, and the usage of recently developed CRISPR to remove dormant HIV DNA without harming healthy cells. Aaron explains how scientists use these approaches to create a cure for HIV, and shows us how everyone else can help reduce the number of new HIV cases.