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#1 MrsCanuck

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:36 PM

Absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see what this will lead too.


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:47 PM

With all the crazy stuff going on in the world, this is very awesome news.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:58 PM

Awesome news.

Cancer you're next.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:03 AM

A baby step towards a cure for HIV/AIDS.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:03 AM

That's fantastic. Definitely something to build on. And a big day for HIV positive couples who hope to be parents. It's becoming more and more possible for them to have kids and not risk passing on the virus to the fetus.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:07 AM

Science. It works.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:17 AM

Science. It works.


Really? I could have sworn praying cured these things.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:33 AM

its the age of Aquarius

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:39 AM

Amazing, millions of people will be cured

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:51 AM

Really? I could have sworn praying cured these things.


So can we freely cross the line now?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:59 AM

Amazing, millions of people will be cured


No...you should read the article.

The baby was cured with treatments of the exact same drugs they currently use to treat HIV. They think that because the baby's HIV had not yet formed a resevoir in the body, it resulted in a cure.

Hate to be a debbie downer, but this is not a cure for people who have HIV. More of a one off.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:06 AM

No...you should read the article.

The baby was cured with treatments of the exact same drugs they currently use to treat HIV. They think that because the baby's HIV had not yet formed a resevoir in the body, it resulted in a cure.

Hate to be a debbie downer, but this is not a cure for people who have HIV. More of a one off.

Yah but babies born within similar circumstances also stand a good chance of being cured with the same medical regime.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:21 PM

Vaccine?

Nah, let's just stick with expensive treatments.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:36 PM

No...you should read the article.

The baby was cured with treatments of the exact same drugs they currently use to treat HIV. They think that because the baby's HIV had not yet formed a resevoir in the body, it resulted in a cure.

Hate to be a debbie downer, but this is not a cure for people who have HIV. More of a one off.


I have to agree, I got excited as well but my brother gave me some background since it's his related field.
If you read the article, only one other person has supposedly cured from HIV. My brother talked about that because he remembers that story quite well, that person underwent multiple bone marrow transplants and other treatments with this same medical cocktail. HIV has been absent for some time in that person. That person also has life threatning effects as a result.

My brother went on to say it goes case by case, that these drug cocktails do not necessarily provide the same effect to each patient. The drug cocktail eventually leaves HIV in the bone marrow only if effective or something along those lines. In the infant, drug cocktails can be administered before developing in the marrow (this is just my guess now) which can avoid transplants.
However, being provided to an infant certainly have negative effects on bodily organs. It will damage development in the child. He mentioned that the possibility from death by administering this drug cocktail to an infant is quite high as well. But, as people can say that the child would likely develop aids or other complications as a result to the HIV anyway.
I have mixed feelings about it after he told me that. It is definetely a step forward though.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

After reading more about this baby, I think "cured" might not be totally accurate. The baby is now testing negative for HIV but doctors can't say for sure that it won't return. Is there such a thing as remission for HIV? Looks like this baby might give us an answer.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:21 PM

Vaccine?

Nah, let's just stick with expensive treatments.

Developing an HIV vaccine is much tougher than it sounds. It mutates like crazy under pressure, and for such a simple virus there is a good degree of variation between isolates. When AIDs first broke out of the gay community and started becoming a pandemic and people started panicking, a prof of mine at McGill was tapped to go work in some secret American lab with some other high profile researchers to develop a vaccine. According to him they were given an unlimited budget and whatever they needed, but they couldn't get anywhere. He told our class that he was almost certain there would never be an HIV vaccine. Now, I also had a physics prof tell me that we'd never have 3D screens without the need for glasses, and then a few years later Nintendo solved that problem. So I'm not saying it's impossible. I'm just saying that there's a reason why antiretroviral therapy is the standard right now, and it's not necessarily big pharma greed.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:32 PM

Vaccine?

Nah, let's just stick with expensive treatments.


You do realize that there isn't a cure for HIV/AIDS? When the actual virus gets into your T cells (lymphocytes involved with the immune response) the HIV virus actually modifies the genome of it and inserts it's own HIV DNA. That's why when HIV patients get sick due to infection, it actually produces more HIV. Truly an amazing example of an almost "perfect" virus.

Basicly, theres not many ways you can "cure" it. You can either wipe out every lympocyte in your body (which is super difficult and not very pleasant to the patient), stop the HIV from entering the cells initially... or just suppress it for long periods (anti-retrovirals).

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