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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Research on opposite sides of the globe suggest breakthroughs in the search for a cure for AIDS.  While the studies are exciting some, local doctors are urging caution.

Researchers in both the U.S and Australia released studies that offer hope for millions of people infected with HIV.

In the one from Australia, scientists have found a way to make the HIV virus self destruct.

In the other, conducted by Stanford University, researchers created immune cells resistant to the virus that could prevent patients from developing AIDS.

David Mack Henderson has been living with HIV for 14 years.  “This looks to be based on very good science,”  He’s hoping for a breakthrough that will eliminate the need for expensive drug treatments that keep him healthy.  “I keep an eye out for these things and I think most people with HIV do.”

Baylor University Medical Center specialists are reluctant to believe the studies mean a cure is on the horizon. “A cure, although exciting, I think we need more time. I would be skeptical,” says Dr. Cedric Spak, an Infectious Disease Specialist.

Spak says that’s because neither of the studies have involved human trials which will be the real test of the new studies. “The challenge is taking that from the laboratory to the real world.”

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