HIV Cure is The Future. HIV Prevention is Now.

Publish Date: 30/07/2012

A cure for HIV infection is a realistic possibility, perhaps even within the next decade.

In the last 30 years scientific understanding of how the virus works has progressed and enabled the development of new drugs to manage the life threatening condition.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, the Nobel Prize-winning virologist who was one of the first scientists to identify the HIV virus spoke recently about her belief that a cure for the virus could be found in the future.

In Washington, the International AIDS Conference closed last Friday with the message that getting treatment to more of the world's 34 million people  living with HIV is key to curbing the epidemic, as any vaccine against the virus is still some years away.

However one man who has recently been making the headlines is Timothy Ray Brown who is believed to be the first HIV positive person in the world to become subsequently free from HIV.

Mr. Brown is reported to have been free of HIV for the past five years following a series of complicated bone marrow transplants to treat acute myeloid leukaemia. Such transplants may only be used in extreme circumstances.

Although this is good news the transplant procedure is not seen as a ‘cure’ in itself but it does show that the eradication of HIV cells could be possible.
 
Until there is  a cure for HIV, specialists have been calling for measures to overcome stigma that is blocking the HIV prevention message from reaching people most at risk, especially gay and bisexual men.

Last year The Health Protection Agency released figures showing that in 2010 there were 3,000 gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK, the highest yearly figure since records began.

While there is no cure at the moment, consistent condom use remains the best way to protect ourselves and our partners from HIV.

So why can’t we reduce HIV in our communities? - We Need to Talk!

On 22nd August the Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Gaydio and Manchester Public Health Development Service invite you to a Question Time-style public event with a guest panel who are all committed to making sure Manchester keeps up the fight against HIV.
We want to hear your thoughts on how we can all bring down the number of new HIV infections across Greater Manchester.

If you have an opinion you would like to share then come to this Free Event:
‘We need to talk’ - about Sex and HIV.

Venue: The Lesbian & Gay Foundation,5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF
Date: 22nd August 2012 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Please e-mail: talk@lgf.org.uk if you have any thoughts or questions you would like to put to the panel which will consist of health professionals, members of the gay community and also HIV positive people.

For information on HIV testing and sexual health screening check out: www.lgf.org.uk/testing