Science to slash HIV's spread - expert

2012-07-24 12:49

Washington - The leading US Aids researcher says science has provided the tools needed to slash new infections even without a vaccine - if countries will put them in place.

Dr Anthony Fauci told the International Aids Conference on Monday that it won't be easy or happen overnight. In his words, "no promises, no dates but we know it can happen".

Fauci says that "we want to get to the end of Aids" but that "a lot of people, a lot of countries, a lot of regions have a lot to do".

Topping that list of tools is better treatment of people who already have HIV, so they're less likely to spread the virus. But Fauci also called male circumcision a "stunningly successful" step, pointing to part of Uganda that's stressing that measure.

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-07-24 15:58

    It is astounding, what science can accomplish, when the world is plagued by diseases like HIV. However, malaria is still one of the biggest killers; unfortunately, current first-world countries are not too strongly affected, so funding is simply not available for advanced research. And in the African countries where malaria is such a big problem, well, with corruption as it is, it is unlikely that the situation in Africa will soon be such that good quality research can be done where the problem is most severe. Which brings us to the final daunting question: if science should succeed in producing an effective vaccine or other method to prevent HIV, would African countries even be capable of fully giving such a cure a chance, knowing what corruption has done in the past?

      jody.beggs - 2012-07-24 16:43

      Its usually religion that stop progress , after all god causes the diseases , well according to xians. Look at the way Catholics look at sex and its easy to see why aids spreads , not allowed to use condoms(crazy). Science flies you to the moon , religion flies you into buildings... Damn the man.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-07-24 18:23

    Why do we need to spend billions when the solution already exists, wear protection. Simple really.

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