Support us so we can fully unravel the mystery of HIV.


Why is an HIV-Cure needed

Today, more than 37 million people are infected with HIV. About the same number of people have already died as a result of HIV since the illness was first described in 1981.

Thanks to the enormous efforts of university research centers and the pharmaceutical industry, more than 25 HIV drugs have been developed. The paradigm of HIV care has thus shifted from dying from HIV, to living with the virus. The daily intake of HIV drugs can lead to a major increase in life expectancy so that it moves closer to that of uninfected people. HIV positive women can now also become pregnant with a very limited risk of transmitting the virus to the baby. Alas, the current medication can control the illness but not cure it.

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.

Peter Piot explains why an HIV cure is needed:


Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Confirm your subscription by clicking the link in the confirmation mail


Recent Tweets