HIV Cure is Making a Blip in the Universe

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The International Symposium on HIV & Emerging Infectious Diseases (ISHEID) that took place last week in Marseilles, France welcomed the “Berlin patient,” the first man ever cured from HIV/AIDS. After three days of intense debates at this meeting, the main statement is that the field of an HIV cure is now moving quickly.

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Professor Alain Lafeuillade, chair of the ISHEID meeting is quite happy of the discussions held from May 23 to May 24 in Marseilles. “We have catalyzed a chain reaction during this meeting,” Professor Lafeuillade said. “Not only was the Berlin patient there, but also more than 1,000 scientists, with huge media coverage and a clear call for action."

Using the famous Steve Jobs motto: “We’ll Make a Dent in the Universe,” Professor Lafeuillade stated that this 2012 ISHEID edition definitely showed that “HIV cure will make a blip in the universe.” A blip is, actually, a small peak in viremia during HIV infection, when it becomes detectable at a few dozens of copies/ml.

Even if the “Berlin patient," also known as Timothy Ray Brown, who now lives back in San Francisco, remains a unique case, “it has opened the path to a cure,” Alain Lafeuillade said.

The next scientific steps to a cure are the International AIDS Conference in Washington next July and the 6th HIV Persistence Workshop in December 2013 in Miami: a strict selection of the more potent scientists in the world:

That means that there remains one and a half years to find and collect basic and clinical data.

“The topic is really moving fast these days,” Professor Lafeuillade concluded, "for the sake of our patients."

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