Motsoaledi lauds HIV discovery

2012-10-22 15:27

Johannesburg - The discovery by SA scientists of antibodies that could neutralise and kill the HI virus deserves to be celebrated, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Monday.

"This is a great day in [South Africa]. Our researchers and scientists have done us proud once again."

A team of scientists at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in SA discovered that the immune systems of two women living with HIV were able to produce antibodies capable of neutralising and killing 88% of the virus.

"Our scientists have also in the past helped us understand the mother-to-child transmission of the virus. Their groundbreaking work brings us closer to developing an HIV vaccine," Motsoaledi said.

The government was a co-funder of the study.

Other funders included the US National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

Motsoaledi thanked the two women living with the virus who volunteered to be part of the research.

"Participants in research projects are never thanked enough. I thank the two women for being part of this... they are also scientists in one way or another."

He said unlike in past years when government and scientists "did not see eye to eye", government would not meddle in the scientists' work, but support them.

  • borie.styles - 2012-10-22 15:38

    Lets hope THIS IS IT.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-22 16:25

      Rumbles in the African Jungles will ensure that we (Africa) will never reach the latter part of the 21st century

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-22 17:13

      Expensive and ruthless pharmaceutical companies will close now.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-22 18:16

      motsoaledi loves to pat himself on the back, before conclusive test have been done! Typical anc crap! We HAVE to perofrm human tests, and MORe research should be done before anything can be lauded! If ANYTHING they should channel all those funds they love to spend on obsolete hiv tests in these types of researches - and PLEASE not with zimpopo scientists...

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-10-22 15:43

    DONT TOUCH THIS ANC, YOU WILL JUST FU@$K IT UP. And dont take credit for it either.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-22 15:51

      LOL. My thoughts exactly. Please ANC, please, please, please, don't touch this project AT ALL. STAY AWAY or it will fail!!!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-22 16:26

      Credit must go to the scientists .. nobody else.

  • donovan.kruger.52 - 2012-10-22 15:48

    It will be like detol... Kills 88% of HIV aids

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-22 15:52

    Brilliant news. In more ways than one. Wonder what Mbeki has to say about this. Still amazes me that a man as intelligent as he appears to be can deny the existence of HIV/AIDS.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-22 16:04

      Intelligent much? In comparison to zoomer, definitely .Too an ashtray,i'd rather vote the ashtray

      eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-22 23:12

      Don't forget the shower

  • sicelimpilo.mbuthu - 2012-10-22 15:52

    Well done guys. We are proud of our scientist's, i strongly believe that the cure for this dreadful deasese will come from a SA scientist in less than 5 years

  • John.Yossarian22 - 2012-10-22 15:52

    Sounds great, but the sample is two women? Surely these results are a very long way from being conclusive? Let's not have the celebration too soon.

  • denny.cray - 2012-10-22 15:55

    Well done! As for the participants ... how exactly are they scientists?

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-22 16:29

      Well done to the team, may they get patent for the vassine.

  • maselela - 2012-10-22 15:58

    Congratulations to my rainbow nation.

  • seraga.mokoana - 2012-10-22 16:03

    Well done guys#

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-10-22 16:04

    Dr Motswaledi, please renember to protect every breakthrough that our South African scientists make. We do not need another Bafana Bafana claim by some nobodies. Well done to the team!

  • timothy.mbele.3 - 2012-10-22 16:14

    Cool now i must get a tender to distribute the tablets.

  • - 2012-10-22 16:17

    If it is the truth then is awesome news.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-10-22 16:23

    Well done to everyone involved.\r\nBut the shower kills the virus 100% mos.

  • Carlton - 2012-10-22 16:29

    This is one for the conspiracy theorists. Perhaps the vaccine/cure was already there, the big pharmaceutical company make a lot of money, off anti retrovirus medicine. It may also explain why Zuma never contracted the virus after having sex with an HIV infected the lady, and god only how many other HIV infected women he slept with.

  • Phindile Manganyi - 2012-10-22 16:34

    This deserves to be celebrated,some of the government's good course worth applauding,proud to be 1 of SA's citizens in this day!!!

  • daniel.libica - 2012-10-22 16:34

    Well done! Living with H.I.V is not fun. Please could I ask of all the Moral High ground News 24 Readers to remember that not all people get H.I.V from just sexual contact.

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-10-22 16:35

    Keep us proud mzansi... We love you.

  • phatalala.thapelomokitle - 2012-10-22 16:39

    Its a happy day indeed,we have lost loved ones with these virus

  • nicolene.lephuthing - 2012-10-22 16:51

    Oooh my God I hope nd wish that this is true I've lost so many relatives to this desease nd I'm in the process of losing others

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-10-22 17:03

    Almost makes up for the hundreds of thousands of lives lost due to the ANC's AIDS denialism...

      phalo.mjikwa - 2012-10-22 17:18

      Shaun you are not objective. HIV is a global problem not an ANC invented disease. Your comment betrays your loss of objectivity due to hate.

      Shaun Daly - 2012-10-22 17:29

      Hate? All I did was state a fact. Thanks to the policy of denialism put forth by Thabo Mbeki and crew, an estimated 300000 South Africans lost their lives to AIDs, and now they want to crow and tack their name onto a study just because it took place on SA soil? No.

  • nomcebo.dlamini.90 - 2012-10-22 17:12

    88% is better than nothing, a great breakthrough. if it's true though, you never know with our government

  • thandazile.dhlamini - 2012-10-22 17:14

    Well done guys,its been long

  • rapitsi - 2012-10-22 17:20

    When will they start prescribing it?

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-10-22 18:34

    Celebrating too soon!

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-22 23:07

    Great discovery,try it on more ppl and stop criticizing and pointing fingers its unprofessional of you.atleast no more shower after s*x

  • Mphatso Malamusi - 2013-05-29 06:44

    Good development but when will the goverment start giving the medicine to those affected

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