Is The Cure Worth The Risk?
By Ted Beust | Our Voice Contributor
HIV is a disease that was once considered the beginning of the end for many people in the latter half of the 20th century. Then a huge breakthrough came in 1987, where HIV carriers could now take Anti-Retrovirus Therapy, or ART, to combat the illness.
Despite the fact ART is available, the overall goal is a cure – something for which the medical community and the world have been clamoring.
The answer might just be in front of us. On March 4th, 2019 there were reports that a second person, known as the London Patient, was officially cured of HIV via a successful bone-marrow transplant. Along with being cured, the patient has been HIV-free for the last 18 months.
Now there is a third case! A patient called the Düsseldorf Patient was cured as well because of the same surgery the London patient underwent.
In this case, Doctors are hesitant to say the patient is officially cured since he has only been HIV-free for about three months.
Despite the surgery’s success, Dr. Ray Martins is very hesitant on recommending the surgery.
In an interview with USA Today, Martins explained that the surgery can come with serious side effects that last for a long time. “I wouldn’t do that to someone who is healthy with HIV,” Dr. Martins explained. He also said that the surgery is “dangerous.”
Now that we have found a seemingly repeatable technique, by far the biggest breakthrough in fighting HIV/AIDS since the discovery of ART, the time to find a safe and efficient cure grows ever closer. If an easily distributed vaccine-style cure could be developed, the age of HIV/AIDS could finally come to a close.