Nobel prize winning scientist, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, has come out and said that a cure for HIV infection is a realistic goal that researchers could reach in the very near future and that this man, Timothy Brown, has ‘been effectively cured of HIV – the first person in the world to fulfil the strict scientific definition of a cure.’
Professor Barré-Sinoussi is expected to give talks ahead of the 2012 International Aids Conference next week citing Mr Brown as someone who was once HIV positive, but after a bone marrow transplant is now free of the virus.
“Today in Washington, Professor Barré-Sinoussi and Professor Deeks will take part in the launch of a global scientific strategy document for Aids and HIV prior to the 2012 International Aids Conference which begins next week. The document will place “cure research” centre stage, suggesting that instead of focusing almost exclusively on research into better anti-viral drugs and HIV vaccines, scientists should think about ways of curing patients outright, or at least to a point where progression to Aids becomes unlikely.” [Independent]
Is a cure on the horizon?