A Therapeutic HIV Vaccine within Five Years?
While the list of strong and effective cocktails to treat HIV continues to grow, and more and more discoveries are being made that dramatically – and positively – impact the lifespan of those with HIV and AIDS, the hope for a vaccine – and, especially, a vaccine that has therapeutic effects – has remained just that: a hope.
Well, perhaps not for too much longer.
Luc Montagnier (pictured), who is this year’s winner (as part of a team) of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in discovering HIV, has announced that he believes it is “a matter of four or five years” until a therapeutic HIV vaccine is developed.
A therapeutic vaccine would be used on people already infected with HIV, while a preventative vaccine would be used on people not yet infected. A therapeutic vaccine would be a tremendous step forward in treating people already infected, with the possibility of reversing the infection itself, at least to a great degree.
Dr. Montagnier has announced no specific studies or vaccine trials in this area. Rather, these comments seem to reflect a broader view of what the state of research and clinical facts are in the field of HIV/AIDS treatment and research.
In the meantime, people with HIV will continue to look to the current – and ever growing realm – of treatments for life-sustaining help.
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