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how close
Sep 15, 2003

How close are we to a cure. By cure i dont mean eradication i mean not dying from aids no matter what kind of treatment is needed?

Response from Dr. Boyle

It depends on where you are as far as HIV/AIDS progression and treatment. If you are healthy and just starting therapy, there is a good chance that if you take your medications exactly as directed that that treatment should be good for at least several years of holding HIV at bay. Due to recent advances and new medications, the next regimen is likely to be just as good and last just as long. During the years that you are on these therapies, multiple advances should occur and new therapies become available. So, under these circumstances the "cure" is in some ways here and you should look for continuing refinements and improvements over the coming years. Of course, for more advanced or experienced patients options may be more limited, but still things are improving and hope still exists that they too will be able to beat HIV disease.



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