HIV May Soon Be Eradicated?

HIV May Soon Be Eradicated

HIV has traditionally been one of the most terrifying diseases known to humankind, but now, certain news reports have many asking: will it soon be eradicated? The human race has faced numerous threats  from catastrophic diseases such as the malaria epidemic that killed millions in the early 20th century. From time to time, new viruses and strains of disease spring up out of nowhere, but thanks to current significant advancements in medical technology as well as emergency contingencies, these diseases are often solved before they inflict heavy losses. HIV, however, has proven to be challenging for doctors and researchers alike.

The Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV) is a viral disease that works by suppressing the body’s immune system, rendering it defenseless and therefore leaving it open to attack by opportunistic diseases that eventually lead to the patient’s death.

HIV has been a medical puzzle for over thirty years since its widespread emergence in the 1980s. It has led to the loss of millions of lives, giving medical researchers endless sleepless nights and a lot of pressure to save the human race from this vicious monster of a virus, although there are now medications to prolong life unlike the past when contracting HIV was deemed an outright death sentence. With the latest news from laboratories and research institutes, many are asking if HIV may soon be eradicated, but there is the need for a significant amount of further study before making a determination about whether any of these reports can be replicated.

There have been quite a few reported incidents where people have been claimed to have been cured of HIV, but it is necessary  to examine the evidence behind these claims. These incidents have led to massive investments into more research by governments, non-governmental organizations and even multi-national corporations. The goal is to come up with a credible cure for this infection based on the medical procedures employed by doctors and researchers who claim to have had success in eradicating HIV. By studying these accounts, health authorities hope that a cure is on the horizon. Unfortunately, there is scant evidence that has been published in medical journals to confirm the findings of some doctors working in this field.

The latest news comes out of Boston and involves two patients who have been reported to be free of the HIV virus after undergoing a bone-marrow transplant. This report has generated much excitement in the medical community because it appears to be a complete cure.

At John Hopkins hospital in the U.S., a new-born infant is reported to have been functionally cured of HIV after being administered with anti-viral medication immediately after birth. The baby no longer uses any HIV medication.

In Berlin, Germany, a patient named Timothy Ray Brown (The Berlin Patient), is also reported to have been functionally cured after a bone-marrow transplant.

In Demark, researchers at Aarhus University Hospital are currently testing a method of eliminating HIV. They are particularly optimistic about their potential success because the patients are responding well to the treatment so far. This has led some to speculate that that an affordable HIV cure could be available within a few months.

In Kenya, Doctor Simon Barasa Situma, a physician at the Technical University of Kenya, is conducting a confirmation test on patients with a drug he claims can cure HIV. There are also numerous reports from both Asia and Africa about people who claim to have been cured of HIV after medication, including traditional medicine. With all of these reports, it seems there could possibly be the potential that HIV may soon be eradicated, but it is important that further, peer reviewed studies by performed in the future to confirm these initial findings.

By: Rebecca Savastio

Sources:

New York Times
Hopkins Children
Huffington Post
IB Times
Africa Review
Daily Nation