expert suspects AIDS cure as early as five years
Researchers believe that effective treatment for AIDS will be available over the next five years. As the Aids experts reported during the 14th Munich Aids
and Hepatitis Days, one can hope for the timely development of a successful treatment method in light of recent progress in AIDS research.
The internist and director of the 14th Munich Aids and Hepatitis Days, Hans Jäger emphasized that "healing research has made more progress over the last twelve months than ever before".Within the next five years, the immune deficiency disease could be curable, according to the expert. Hunter referred to several new approaches for the successful treatment of AIDS.
Significant progress in AIDS research last year
As part of the 14th Munich Aids and Hepatitis days dedicated to about 1,500 scientists, doctors, nurses and other experts until Sunday on the issues of AIDS and hepatitis. In Unterschleißheim near Munich, the experts will discuss new developments and future options in the field of both viral diseases. The head Hans Jäger emphasized that significant progress was made in the field of AIDS research in the past year. According to his assessment, the immune deficiency disease could soon be curable. According to the expert, five years are "a realistic period in which we can heal." Although three years ago, a successful treatment of AIDS using a bone marrow transplant at the Berlin Charité had been successful, the procedure was too complex to reach allPatients find application. Thus, further research is required to develop a usable treatment method in the coming years. However, the experts were optimistic that a breakthrough will be achieved here in the coming years.
cancer drug fights HIV in hidden infected cells
researchers are hoping for a novel approach to treatment presented at a Seattle convention. It was succeeded with the help of the cancer drug Vorinostat to combat the human immunodeficiency virus( HIV) in hidden infected cells. At this point, previous drug-based HIV therapies had always failed. Although the AIDS drugs were able to kill the HI virus in the other cells well, but survived the virus in hidden infected cells, so that they could spread from this again and again. With the cancer drug, it was now "released from latently infected cells viruses, which can then be reached by the known drugs and destroyed," said the Munich internist hunter. Even today, with the help of existing drugs, the viral load in the blood can be kept so low that no risk of infection emanates from those infected with HIV, the expert explained. This is especially important for couples, so that they can lead a largely normal life."The concept is prevention through therapy," continues Jäger.
No vaccine against AIDS in the next few years
While some AIDS researchers also placed great hope in the development of a vaccine against HIV, the head of the 14th Munich Aids and Hepatitis Day, Hans Jäger, announced a timely breakthroughless confident in the development of an HIV vaccine."We do not have vaccinations and will not get them in the next few years," said Jäger.(fp)