Hope Grows: Finally A Cure For Aids?
February 8, 2006 (2 Responses)
THUS FAR MOST AIDS DRUGS have been about slowing down the process, about prolonging life for as much time as possible, but none of the concoctions to date have actually been able to defeat the AIDS virus. That however may be about to change.
The Salt Lake Tribule is running a story entitled Has BYU prof found AIDS cure? which makes some pretty radical claims that researchers, including a BYU scientist, believe they have found a new compound that could finally kill the HIV/AIDS virus, not just slow it down as current treatments do. This of course will require extensive clinical trials – and even if that takes 5 to 10 years, if it can cure this terrible disease it will make a huge difference to our world.
Consider that it is currently estimated that 40.3 million people are now living with HIV/AIDS globally, including nearly 5 million newly infected in the past year alone.
In related news, Reuters are reporting that an injection of two drugs normally used to treat HIV patients completely protected monkeys from becoming infected with the AIDS virus. Rather than focusing on a cure, these researchers have been focused on finding a way to ‘prevent’ humans contracting the virus in the first place. This may well be a very important step in the right direction.
We can only hope that such advances bring about an end to this situation within our lifetimes, but at least there is now some new hope that an end is in sight. Let’s hope this turns into a reality.