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African Americans accounted for 44 percent of new HIV infections in 2010 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In that same year, HIV was the 5th leading cause of death for Black men and 7th leading cause of death for Black women between the ages of 25-44. In 2014, we may be one step closer to a cure for this disease that continues to disproportionately affect Black lives.

Researchers at Philadelphia’s Temple University School of Medicine have, for the first time, successfully found a way to destroy the HIV-1 virus from human cells.

“This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,” said Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple.

In an interview with CBS, Dr. Khalili breaks down the “gene surgery” he and his team performed:

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