How a cat virus could lead to an HIV vaccine. University of Florida. Blood from people infected with HIV shows an immune response against a cat AIDS virus protein, a finding that may help scientists find a way to develop a human HIV vaccine.
The "kick and kill" method trialed in the study involves drugs called HDAC inhibitors, which have traditionally been used to combat cancer. These drugs activate the dormant HIV (the "kick") which can then be attacked by the ART drugs (the "kill"), while at the same time, the body's immune system is boosted by an HIV vaccine. The hope of the multi-pronged attack is that it can completely eliminate, not just knock back, the HIV infection in patients.