By no means is this a cure or a vaccine. They are still in early trials and testing and there are positive (pun intended!) results and this is merely a status update about the significant progress that they are making towards HIV research.
The article is talking about treatment that improves upon the current ART/ARV treatment that will reduce the expensive pills that people have to take on a daily basis and which is difficult to maintain for many people.
From the article:
Mitchell Warren, executive director of the Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (Avac), said the study had been carried out on a small scale but its findings were “interesting and important”.
“Long-term systems that don’t require daily pill taking could really help accelerate getting 37 million people with HIV undetectable and not infectious – that would be a great opportunity to turn the tide on the epidemic,” he told The Independent.
— article by Katie Forster
I think I’ve said before, in some interview, that I didn’t want a cure because a cure would mean people would no longer take focus on our sexual habits and behaviors. The cure may end the epidemic and the suffering and discrimination but it will also end the conversation of people’s basic sexual practices.
I think that my personal reaction towards HIV and having been infected has made me overly critical about sex and being sexually active. I think I became sex negative at some point and that is something I’m trying to fix in my personal philosophy.
But I still stand that there is a need to address the fact that people are aware of the HIV epidemic and they still put themselves and their partners at risk. I’m not against people sleeping around. I am not against people having sex. I just don’t understand why they will insist on not using condoms. I just don’t understand why they won’t have themselves tested regularly.
These are the conversations I want to continue to have even if we have a cure. I want to understand why we don’t treat each other better — whether it’s just a casual hook up or your long-term partner – when it comes to sex.
These are the conversations that I do not want to end when the cure comes. Because it will come. Maybe not while I’m alive. But it will come. I’m sure of it.