Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates.
It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects.
The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi.
The International Aids Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough". Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection.
Our bodies struggle to fight HIV because of the virus' incredible ability to mutate and change its appearance.
These varieties of HIV - or strains - in a single patient are comparable to those of influenza during a worldwide flu season.
So the immune system finds itself in a fight against an insurmountable number of strains of HIV.
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I saw the above headline and just about dropped my teeth. Stipulated that 99% is NOT 100% and there have been few viruses as adaptable or virulent as HIV, but after over 30 years of having to deal with the ravages of AIDS, to learn that something approaching a "silver bullet" may be in the wings is some of the most encouraging news I've heard in a very long time, indeed.
Also worthy of note: the article states that human trials using this new antibody will start next year. Honestly, I can't wait to hear about their results.
The "magic" of hard work in a "collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi."
At a time like this, I wish there were an afterlife so that our loved ones who fell to the dreaded disease could lean the good news. Just as polio was a scorge of my youth, research and money to support it made the difference. No prayer cures such enemies.
That's good. HIV affected so many people in my life, in so many horrendous ways, grief, misery, fear, loss of jobs, loss of family, loss of friends, and more. It seems like ancient history now, and maybe a lot of people forget. I have not.
I hope this is an answer for many, and it is developed in an accessible, affordable, humane way.