Gene Therapy Trial
May 3, 2009
hi there. i would like to get some information about Gene Therapy, i heard it is very safe and effectiv, and you don't have to take all the dangerous ART meds. do you have any idea when this treatment is available in USA AND IN CANADA? what is the success rate and any other news related to Gene Therapy would be appreciated..thanks
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Many of us are excited about the promise of future treatment approaches for HIV, including genetic-based therapies.
However, it will be many years before these strategies will be fully tested, and when we know about the relative benefits and risks. Hence, I'm not sure what source has told you that they are safe and effective; those tests simply have not been completed (or in most cases, even started).
Until that time, we have very well tested (and not so dangerous) medications for HIV. Such medications, when available and thoughtfully administered and monitored have safely saved the lives of many, many persons.
I hope this helps. Thanks for reading.
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