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Aethlon Medical Announces Data Supported Strategy to Increase Hepatitis-C (HCV) Cure Rates
Date:3/25/2009

SAN DIEGO, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AEMD) today announced clinical data that supports the advancement of the Aethlon Hemopurifier(R) as an adjunct therapy to increase Hepatitis-C (HCV) cure rates. The Hemopurifier(R) is a first-in-class medical device that assists the immune response in combating infectious disease through real-time therapeutic filtration of infectious viruses and immunosuppressive proteins. In HCV care, the device inhibits viral replication through selective elimination of HCV in circulation and assists to preserve immune cells by removing toxic proteins shed from the surface of HCV.

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Aethlon disclosed that data resulting from over 20 HCV treatments indicates an average viral load reduction of 41% during each four-hour Hemopurifier(R) treatment. In the studies, average pre-treatment viral load of 22,868,000 HCV virus copies/ml blood (cpm) was reduced on average by 9,300,000 cpm during the course of each treatment. Based on this data, Aethlon predicts that short-term continuous Hemopurifier(R) treatment can reduce viral load to low to undetectable levels, thus improving the likelihood that HCV patients achieve a sustained virological response (SVR) from the current interferon-ribavirin standard of care and other candidate therapies. HCV infection is considered cured when SVR extends beyond six months. At present, less than 50% of HCV patients respond to interferon-ribavirin therapy. Additionally, there is a direct correlation between low viral load at onset of interferon-ribavirin therapy and increased cure rates. Based on data analyzed from each fou
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