Friday, February 22, 2013

HIV Cure: Are We Close Enough?

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection has been a topic of discussion for  more than a decade. According to WHO website, more than 34 million people are currently infected with HIV globally and  the number is increasing every day. Therefore, it is considered one of the major health challenges in the present time. With recent breakthrough in HIV research, not only those who are infected, all those people who are involved in research and health care are exited and optimistic about human trials that are being conducted in Canada and US. You can read more about it from this link: HIV Trials.

After a successful Phase-I clinical trials, researchers are moving into the next level of testing that is Phase-II of clinical trials, in which, they specifically look at immune responses in human after injecting HIV vaccine. The second phase is expected to last for a year, during this period they intend to recruit 6000 participants for Randomized Control Trials (RCT). This is certainly one step up towards success. If everything goes well as per expected in Phase II and Phase III, then we could see HIV vaccine available in the market in the next 4-5 years. Over the next few years, we will hear about the efficacy of HIV vaccine and its side effects. At this point, I think we have a good reason to believe that we are not that far from success. You can read more about it from this link: Successful HIV Trials.

Although results of initial HIV trials are promising, it is still better to focus on preventing strategies rather than waiting for the vaccine for HIV transmission.

You can read more about our previous post on HIV from these links:
Early Symptoms of HIV: Is it really helpful? 
HIV Testing Timeline: How soon you should get HIV test? 
HIV Risk After Broken Condom  -->