Cure for Aids in sight - top scientist

2012-07-20 10:42

Washington - The Nobel laureate who helped to discover HIV says a cure for Aids is in sight following recent discoveries, in an interview with AFP ahead of a global conference on the disease.

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 as part of a team that discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes Aids, said scientific research was zeroing in on a cure for the illness.

She cited a patient in Berlin who appears to have been cured through a bone marrow transplant, "which proves that finding a way of eliminating the virus from the body is something that is realistic".


Other sources of optimism are the small minority of patients - less than 0.3% - who exhibit no symptoms of the virus without ever receiving treatment; and a small group in France who received antiretroviral drugs and now live without treatment or symptoms, Barre-Sinoussi said.

"There is hope... but don't ask me for a date because we do not know."

She also said that it would be possible "in principle" to eliminate the Aids pandemic by 2050, if barriers to drug access could be eliminated.

The main barriers there were not scientific but political, economic and social, she said: the problem was lack of access to testing and drugs in poor and rural areas, as well as the stigma around the virus, which undermines early detection and treatment.

Some 25 000 people - including celebrities, scientists and HIV sufferers - are expected in the US capital on Sunday to call for more strident global action to address the three-decade Aids epidemic.


Deaths and infections are down in the parts of the world most ravaged by the disease, while the number of people on treatment has risen 20% from 2010 to 2011, reaching eight million people in needy countries.

However this is only about half the people who should be on treatment worldwide, suggesting much more remains to be done.

More than 34m people worldwide are living with HIV, a higher number than ever before, and around 30m have died from Aids-related causes since the disease first emerged in the 1980s, according to UNAids.

  • Barefoot - 2012-07-20 10:53

    Good news in the fight against AIDS

      lulama.nokubeni - 2012-07-20 11:17

      This is good news indeed i hope it pens out

      bergie.sean - 2012-07-20 11:38

      Yes, praise be to Science!

      merven.halo - 2012-07-20 11:49

      Is it a cure for Aids or HIV? Because curing the results of HIV is fine but it will still not stop HIV infections. Or will it just be a virus sitting in your system doing nothing?

      Jean - 2012-07-20 12:52

      Aids is just another method to keep the human race under control... Breed like flies, die like flies.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-20 18:18

      We've been having claims like this for the past 30 years - I'll believe it when I see it.

  • gerald.mphuthi - 2012-07-20 11:11

    We've lost so many friends, families, acquintances ,colleaques,strangers , talented people ,etc,etc to this desease. Yes it has had it's impact and left us with nobody to reminisce about the past sad

  • sasekile - 2012-07-20 11:17

    Wow! Best news

      Press - 2012-07-20 13:25

      ANC will send Mbeki in to stop this counter-revelutionary scientific nonsense . . .

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-07-20 11:19

    no man this won't solve the problems they should be a CURE FOR DUMBNESS that is rife and is more of a serious plague than the HIV virus because i am sure if this cure is discovered the same story as what happened to TB would follow suit people would not finish their treatment and unfortunately this will give the virus an opportunity to build up resistance by evolving into a more virciouse form than what it is now that does not need sexual contact to infect so the top scientist should cure dumbness 1st

  • firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-07-20 11:21

    Seeing is believing

      mrova.blaza - 2012-07-20 14:54

      No, believing is seeing.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-20 11:25

    We lost alot of friends & relatives.

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-07-20 11:40

    Aowa! Maka fela

      monei.isaac - 2012-09-17 10:13

      Dont give up in live. Just like TB we will receive it.

  • JohannP - 2012-07-20 11:40

    It's called a condom. And it works well when you only have one partner. Sure there are those affected in advertantly, but it starts somewhere doenst it?

  • jason.vanheerden.31 - 2012-07-20 11:51

    Wonder if they will ever find a cure for most terminal cancers.

      Barefoot - 2012-07-20 14:06

      The problem with cancer is the causes, we have millions of carcinogens so it highly impossible to prevent and treatment is effective when diagnosed early the problem is once symptoms shows it's already too late. cancer is by far the worst in my books compared to hiv and all other diseases

  • dhe.bat.5 - 2012-07-20 12:40

    I am grateful to all the scientist and medical staff who work so hard trying to find a cure for this deadly epidemic, but my biggest and utmost THANK goes out to all the people around the world who believe in prayer and steadfast faith that GOD will provide a cure for this disease. Just think about it. Since the time of Adam and Eve after they committed the first sin and was banished from the Garden of Eden, the enemy rejoiced in his own false knowledge that sin against God was a death sentence with no cure, but GOD already had a plan long before our existence for salvation through His own pure blood, Jesus Christ. Since then many faithful people are saved through this generous gift from God. Jesus said: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) AMEN.

      hyped989 - 2012-07-20 14:42

      Thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-20 18:19

      If prayer had a hope then this disease would not exist.

  • poovassan - 2012-07-20 14:34

    Would a cure for Aids not result in a loss of revenue for the major pharmaceutical companies.They are content in just supplying or developing medication to sustain the virus so that their revenue is generated at a constant pace.....Just my thought...but then again we cant even find a cure for the common cold.....maybe I/we tend to give mankind too much credit?

  • ndebelepeter - 2012-07-20 14:56

    Thank u Jesus.

      jody.beggs - 2012-07-20 16:46

      Thank you scientists not faith or prayer or that fictional character god.

  • poppy.tomokwane1 - 2012-07-20 15:00

    God is Great and he provided

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-20 18:22

      He provided the disease yes, we shall rely on doctors and science to find a cure.

  • poppy.tomokwane1 - 2012-07-20 15:00

    God is Great and he provided

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