A Danish study has used anti-cancer drugs to "kick out" HIV viruses from infected cells in what has been described as a new "first step" in finding a cure for HIV.
The announcement was made by lead scientist Dr Ole Schmeltz Søgaard (pictured) from Aarhus University during his Tuesday address to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Flanked by global leaders in HIV/AIDS research, Dr Søgaard had earlier released results in at a Monday press conference titled "Toward an HIV cure".
The press conference served to lift the somber mood of the conference after the deaths of six delegates on board Malaysia Flight MH17 on their way to the conference.
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But there are those in the HIV/AIDS community calling for the public to have some realistic expectations about the chances of finding a workable vaccine or cure.
"I sometimes get the impression that the public thinks medical researchers can solve any malady. It is good to have such confidence in medical school, but the reality is that we can't," said world-renowned epidemiologist Dr Salim Abdool Karim, speaking to BuzzFeed.