Many more years to find Aids cure – researchers

2014-07-21 11:14

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Melbourne – Aids researchers meeting in Australia said there were no imminent signs of a cure for the disease.

Developing a cure for those already infected could take “many many years,” said Steven Deeks, a researcher from the University of California.

Deeks was co-chairperson of a two-day symposium before the main conference in Melbourne which focused on searches for a cure for HIV.

Thirty-five million people are living with HIV/Aids today, according to the UN.

The Aids 2014 conference comes against the backdrop of recent cases that shed new light on how to drive the Aids virus into remission.

When an infant and two bone marrow transplant recipients appeared clear of the virus for months without antiretroviral treatment, scientists believed they could be on to a cure.

But the virus later appeared in both the case of the so-called Mississippi Baby and the two transplant patients.

“It does provide us with a strong rationale to move forward with clinical trials,” said Deborah Persaud – of the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center in Maryland – who led the team of researchers in the case of the unidentified child in March 2013.

Deeks noted the significance of the Mississippi Baby in the overall search for a cure.

“So we really now know what we have to go after,” he said.

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