#1: How Close Are We to a Cure for HIV?
An HIV diagnosis a few years ago often meant a death sentence, with infection rapidly progressing to full-blown AIDS. However, medicine has come a long way since then.
With the introduction of protease inhibitors in the mid 90s, death rates related to HIV started dwindling. Unfortunately, since HIV remains to be a “stubborn virus,” leaving the human body with “an inefficient response” to the virus, a vaccine has yet to be developed. However, researchers still have hope that we are close to a cure for infection with this lethal virus.
Speaking with Contagion
®, Roger Sharpiro, MD, MPH, associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health, and who specializes in reducing the incidence of mother-to-child infection transmission and morbidity and mortality rates in congenitally infected infants, said, “Treatment has been our biggest success story to date… Because of effective treatment, what was once a universally fatal disease can now be controlled with 1 pill, once a day.”
“Ongoing research is now exploring how to push treatment even further and control the virus with longer-acting treatment or… approaches such as monoclonal antibodies—but we are not there yet.”
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