Millions are HIV positive across the world. They depend on anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) to stay alive.
HIV hides reservoirs as inactive virus that are invisible to the body's immune system. So Once treatment is stopped these pools empty virus back into the body and the infection comes roaring back.
A UC Davis team say their compound PEP005 - the active ingredient in a FDA approved anti-cancer drug PICATO - increases HIV activation in patient's blood samples.
If true, the combination of this therapy with other drugs already used to kill the virus could lead to a complete eradication and an end to HIV and AIDS.