Professor Sharon Lewin, director of infectious diseases at Melbourne's The Alfred Hospital, says a new study shows that an anti-cancer drug can "wake up" the sleeping HIV virus. The drug vorinostat can alter HIV genes and turn on or wake up the dormant virus cells. "We know that the virus can hide in cells and remain out of reach from conventional HIV therapies and the immune system," Prof Lewin said in a statement on Monday. "Anti-HIV drugs are unable to eradicate the virus because it burrows deeply into the DNA of immune cells, where it gets stuck and goes to sleep." Prof Lewin says the study will help researchers work towards one day finding a cure for HIV. "We've shown we can wake up the virus. Now we need to work out how to get rid of the infected cell," she said. The results from the study are promising with researchers able to detect sleeping HIV in nearly all patients who took the drug, she said. Twenty HIV-positive patients participated in the two-week trial. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/health/2013/03/04/12/01/hiv-cure-gets-closer-with-drug-experts It would be nice if there is a way to do this with other viruses like ebv/cmv/hhv6 and enteroviruses, mm interesting??