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ANY CURE IN TEN YEARS
Oct 15, 2003

DO you think that our technology will help us find a cure in the next ten years, whats the hold up on teh cure, why is there such a problem?

Response from Dr. Young

We get this question from time to time.

I think that it will be very, very difficult to "cure" HIV infection, now, or in ten years. The problem is that HIV infection, like all retroviral infections, inserts the viral genes (blueprints) into our genes, where it can lie in hiding for years, escaping any immune system detection. As such, because the virus really becomes part of our chromosomes, it's very difficult to detect and eradicate.

Current medications have revolutionized the care and prognosis for persons with HIV, but do not result in cure, but a change from a uniformly fatal disease to one that can be and is managed as a serious, but chronic disease.

That said, the past ten years have seen inconceivable improvements in drug technology and treatment options. I would love to be wrong on this point and see further, inconceivable improvements that do result in "cure". BY



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