Saturday, April 20, 2024

The HIV Cure Rumour

Rumour: HIV has no cure.

Truth: This is true.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system and can progress to acquired immune deficiency (AIDS). HIV makes it difficult for the body to fight off infections and if it is not properly managed, HIV can severely impact the quality of life.

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) are medications that help treat HIV. ART has helped reduce AIDS-related mortality by 48% in the past 11 years however, it is not a cure. Approximately 1.1 million people worldwide died of HIV/AIDS-related complications in 2015. In a review published in PLOS Medicine, researchers explored the potential ethical and implementation challenges associated with research to develop a cure for HIV. To read more about finding a cure for HIV and the ethics of HIV research, click here.

Reference

Dubé K, Sylla L, Dee L, et al. Research on HIV cure: Mapping the ethics landscape. PLoS Med. 2017;14(12):e1002470. Published 2017 Dec 8. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002470

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