Jul 13, 2006
Is there any chance that HIV will be a treatable? How near are we to a cure?
Response from Dr. Conway
I tell most of the people I see with a new diagnosis of HIV infection in 2006 that I am quite confident that, with the treatments we currently have available (along with those that will become available in their lifetimes), that modern medicine will be able to control their HIV infection indefinitely, and that it is quite unlikely they will go on to die of AIDS. HIV is now, functionally, treatable in the Western world. Now, as for a cure, we are not there yet. I am also not sure we have identified what would be needed to get there. We can always hope, but, in the meantime, let us make sure that we make HIV a chronic, manageable illness for as many people in the world as possible.
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