4. The Cure Is Coming
The French study and other developments, such as the report at the conference about suppression of HIV in two men who had received bone marrow transplants while on antiretroviral therapy (see "Cured or Cleared?" in HIV Plus, September/October), are leading some scientists to have new optimism about a cure. Toward that end, the International AIDS Society, which sponsors the conference, has put together a strategy for seeking a cure, identifying key areas for research to make this possible. It announced the strategy just prior to the conference.
“The science has been telling us for some time now that achieving a cure for HIV infection could be a realistic possibility,” said French scientist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who helped discover the virus, in announcing the project. “The time is right to take the opportunity to try and develop an HIV cure—we might regret never having tried.”