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Researchers Knock Out HIV
With the latest advances in treatment, doctors have discovered that they can successfully neutralise the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The so-called ‘combination therapy’ prevents HIV from mutating and spreading, allowing patients to rebuild their immune system to the same levels as the rest of the population.
It isn't a cure yet, but it is damn fine progress.

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z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: October 23rd, 2007 02:50 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
At this rate, we may yet get to thumb our collective nose at the deposed deathspore.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 23rd, 2007 02:53 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Indeed, that ran through my head as I read the article.
elfs From: elfs Date: October 24th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Sadly, you know what first ran through my head? "Oh, great. Another article that will convince young gay men that they don't have to practice safer sex because, hey, there's a cure now."

It's not a cure. It's a lifelong therapy for a chronic condition. It's an expense, a drag on their personal and everyone else's economy. Nobody knows what forty years of life on this combination therapy will mean. Therapies like this, sadly, have been shown to increase infection rates.

It's a good sign. But it's not the cure. And until we have a working cure, a way of eliminating the virus from the bloodstream, a way of making the body inhospitable to the virus, it's going to remain a nightmare.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 24th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, gee, be a bucket of cold water. ;-)

I do agree (even said this isn't a cure), and I suppose there will be irresponsible people who will take this as a free pass to be stupid, but there are always people who do that. But I'm on the 'glass half full' side. Even with safer sex people get infected, and if this gives them some hope of not, you know, dying and all, that's good.

It is always better not to get a disease in the first place, and if you get it the best outcome is a cure. But in lieu of a cure I think the 'not dying' treatment is a welcome improvement. And if gives those people better odds of being alive when and if a cure is found.

Unfortunately, there isn't a cure for stupid behavior and irrational rationalizations yet either.
From: ex_homeless Date: October 23rd, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Wow! That's awesome! :)