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Jul
19
2007

AIDS virus: A new study shows some patients' immune systems can recover from AIDS. Image NIH
AIDS virus: A new study shows some patients' immune systems can recover from AIDS. Image NIH

A new study has found that some AIDS patients are able to recover their immune systems to normal levels.

White blood cells protect the body from disease by fighting invaders. But AIDS attacks white blood cells, reducing their number, and leaving the patient vulnerable to other illnesses. Doctors treat AIDS with a combination of drugs that keeps the number of virus particles low, but there is little they can do to repair the damage to the immune system.

This study took over 1,800 AIDS patients who responded well to the drug therapy, and found that some of them actually brought their white blood cell count back up to normal levels.

The doctors stress that these were "best-case scenario" patients -- this will not work for everyone who has AIDS. Also, this is not a cure -- the AIDS virus remains in the patient's body, and a complicated and expensive series of drugs is needed to keep it at low levels.