The availability of HIV medication is, however, limited and more than 10 million patients in 2015 were in urgent need of treatment. Medication still needs to be taken daily, and is also accompanied by frequent side effects. In addition to this, if therapy is not taken properly it leads to resistance of the virus to the medication.
Recent developments in HIV research suggest that a cure for HIV should be achievable. New insights were obtained from one adult who was cured, ”The Berlin Patient” (Timothy Brown), and from a group of patients who started therapy very soon after they became seropositive. A Europe-wide initiative in which the HIV Cure Research Center is participating is ongoing to duplicate the Timothy Brown results (Epistem). Now, once again, it is up to university research centers to conduct innovative work and to take another step in the direction of a cure for HIV! This research will in the first instance consist of identifying the remaining HIV virus (virus reservoir) and discovering and evaluating new therapeutic scenarios.