Prof. Ravindra Gupta, Professor of Clinical Microbiology, University College, London, on Saturday, said there was hope for HIV cure in the near future.
Gupta, who said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, noted that scientists all over the world were working hard to find a cure for HIV.
The professor who boldly spoke on the remission discovery of HIV through stem cell transplant, stressed that though it was a very challenging procedure, it was successful.
”We were able to demonstrate remission on the second case till date through a similar approach to the Berlin patient, but there were some important differences.
“We had a HIV positive individual who also had cancer and would require a transplant because the chemotherapy for this cancer was not successful, so the last option for this patient was to have a stem cell transplant.
”Fortunately in Europe we were able to find a donor who matched this patient, we were also able to find the patient a donor who had a deletion in the CCR5 protein. Cysteine-Cysteine Chemokine Receptor 5, a protein on the surface of certain immune system cells.
“’This was again similar to what had been achieved on the Berlin patient and of course the CCR5 protein is critical for virus entry so that the virus cannot survive without it,” he said.
Gupta further explained that there was another case of kidney transplant between HIV to HIV positive persons which was also successful.
“They were both HIV infected, the problem has been HIV positive people cannot donate organs; but this is an example where somebody with HIV could donate an organ because they have a tissue match and are compatible.
“It was a nice success story, that HIV was not a barrier to donating organs.
“The procedure was very technical and it was very aggressive. It was complicated but it looks to be successful so far.
“This case has given a lot of encouragement to researchers in different areas, in different countries to really go for it now.
“Because they have seen that it has been done twice, there is a lot of momentum. We can see public support behind it. The science is going to be pushed quite forward,” he added.
Gupta, however, noted that when a person was in remission for HIV, the person was free and did not require HIV drugs.
New Research: Frequent S£x May Help Delay Menopause
Scientists have said that frequent s£x can help delay menopause beyond the average age since it keeps the body and the hormones active.
Menopause is usually diagnosed after twelve months without menstruation and usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 47, with the average age being 51.
The study conducted by the University College London and published by Royal Society Open Medicine suggests that if you have a full s£xual life, you will end up keeping your body and hormones active, which as a result will keep you fertile.
They further said that if a woman is not having s£x, the body will therefore ‘choose’ to stop secreting energy into ovulation and invest the resources into existing skin therefore resulting in menopause.
“During ovulation, the woman’s immune function is impaired, making the body more susceptible to disease. Hence, if a pregnancy is unlikely owing to a lack of s£xual activity, then it would not be beneficial to allocate energy to a costly process, especially if there is the option to invest resources into existing kin,” according to the researchers.
Scientists who conducted the study said they recruited 2,936 women aged 42-52, with the researchers tracking their s£xual activities for ten years, as well as their menopause status.
The researchers gathered that women of any age who had s£x each week had 28% less chances of experiencing menopause at the age of 52, while those who had s£x less than once a month have higher chances of experiencing menopause at the average age of 51.
However, when the British National Health Service (NHS) reviewed the research, it said the study does not prove having more s£x directly delay menopause.
“The study only shows a link between how often women had s£x and their age at menopause. It cannot prove that having more s£x directly causes a later menopause.”
Meanwhile, Vicky Rhodes, 59 said she still have periods and has never experienced a hot flush, nor a symptom of hormonal change, as she links it to her frequent s£x with lover jack, 49.
She told Daily Mail that the research has helped her to understand why she still see her menstrual flow despite her age.
According to her: “At last, I think I know what’s been going on, because the years when I might have expected to go through the menopause were taken up with a passionate affair.”
“I Bled Again, Is It Possible To Regain Lost Virginity” — Nigerian Lady Asks
A confused 26-year-old Nigerian lady has asked the possibility of a woman losing her virginity twice.
The lady who wrote to relationship expert, Joro Olumofin and begged to be kept anonymous revealed that she lost her virginity when she was 23 years old.
However, she had s£x for the second time a few days ago now that she is 26 and she noticed that she bled again.
In a confused state, she’s seeking to know why she bled for the second time after having initially lost her virginity some three years ago.
“Dearest Joro, God bless you for all you do. I lost my virginity to someone who doesn’t deserve it at 23…i regret doing it.. as I didn’t enjoy the sex. It was so painful I nearly passed out. Since then I developed phobia for sex.. 3 years later… I am 26 now… Three days ago I had sex again. It wasn’t planned… I didn’t really know how it happened… The issue is I bled again… like it’s my first time. It was so so painful yet again. Truth is, I didn’t see myself ever having sex again. It’s not worth all the hype.
My major concern is days… Why did I bleed again. Does it mean I regain my lost virginity only to lose it once more. Please keep me anonymous.”
‘I’ve Sinned Before God…My Side Chick Came To My Rescue When My Wife Refused To Help Me’ — Man Shares Touching Story
A man has shared a story of how his once loving and caring wife turned to a monster when he became broke after losing his job in 2018.
The man who wrote anonymously to relationship expert, Joro Olumofin disclosed that he pleaded with his wife to support a business idea he had, but the wife dismissed and turned his proposal down.
According to the man, his wife started maltreating him, continuously insulted him in the presence of their children and his friends, to the extent their five year old daughter onced asked him “why does mommy hate you so much?.”
His wife’s actions, according to him, pushed him to start drinking until one fateful day….
Read his story below: