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Experts Debate: Is HIV Cure "Hype or Hope"?

Autumn 2013

Is a functional cure for HIV feasible within the foreseeable future or is it a hopeless quest robbing resources from more practical approaches to improve the lives of people living with HIV? This question was the crux of a mock trial held on the opening day of the 14th European AIDS Conference in Brussels.

The debate was part of a satellite session sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to mark the launch of its new Partnering for Cure initiative, which will support education and research into novel treatment and cure strategies for chronic viral diseases including HIV and hepatitis B and C.

Christine Katlama of Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, playing the 'judge', noted the recent increase in attention to the possibility of an HIV cure at scientific meetings and in the popular media, spurred in part by 'proof-of-concept' cases like that of Timothy Ray Brown (the 'Berlin patient') and that of the Mississippi baby. Speaking in defence of the proposition that an HIV cure is possible, Carlo Federico Perno of the University of Rome gave the example of

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Comment by: DB (London) Mon., Mar. 3, 2014 at 6:31 am EST
One big factor that seemed missing from the pro-cure argument - stigma. Treating the disease for a lifetime means a lifetime of stigma for patient. The effect on patients wellbeing and, therefore, health, can be severe. A cure would bring hope to those people.
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Comment by: Billy (California ) Thu., Feb. 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm EST
Stem cells are the cure. Big pharmaceutical companies know there is no money in healing people or in healthy people.
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