AIDS: Nobel had virus "by hand" provides long way to cure AIDS

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Long way to cure AIDS

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A long road to AIDS cure

A few years ago the virologist Françoise Barre-Sinoussi foresees a "long way to cure AIDS“. However, she pointed out that before isolating and identifying HIV with Luc Montagnier in 1983, it was also not believed that they were close to having it "in their hands."

In an interview with Portuguese news agency Lusa on the sidelines of a conference at the Institute of Molecular Medicine (Lisbon), the French scientist who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008, he recalled that "there prósimas answers."

"Compared to the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), if I had asked the same question at the end of 1982, would give the same answer: I do not know. But in early 83, we already had the virus in 'our hand' "he recalled.

“In this way, the way to find a cure may be a quick one, but it may be a way to take a very long time to find“ a definitive solution for AIDS and me today. Today I believe it will be a long time before this happens, ”predicted virologist Barre-Sinoussi, explaining that, despite the“ great progress ”in knowledge of the virus and its interaction with the carrier, what is there? to be discovered these days is much harder.

"We will need much more technology and new specialists, from other areas, from other scientific segments and that is why we have a long way to go," he said. Barré-Sinoussi to the Lusa agency.

The difficulty of obtaining a vaccine to prevent infection with HIV, he explained, is related to innumerable facets of this virus, such as "scientific obstacles": HIV infection is very complicated in its "mechanics", much more than other types of infections ".

“The virus is a mutant, which becomes an often mentioned obstacle, but not the only one. The virus affects the organism much more quickly than our body is able to react, to "try" to control this infectious process and this is further complicated because it immediately affects the cells CD4, which are the cells that “command the immune response” leaving, in other words, an army without officers that transmit strategic orders to fight this pathogen and that is just one of the great obstacles to be overcome, explained Sinoussi.

The researcher at the Institut Pasteur (Paris) explained that "the immune system's response would need (or need?) To be able to block the transference [of infection] between these cells and yet the cells being infected are just the cells that should instruct the immune system to avoid this event, and this * strategic gap * exasperatingly complicates the search for a solution. "

The infection, aggravating the facts, “not only alters the specific immune response against the virus, but our defenses against pathogens in general,” he said.

Hence the need to “seek a better understanding of the interaction between HIV and the carrier in order to understand and clarify what response we should use in the vaccine to have the necessary protection”. And once we get this answer, we would have to test them sooner or later on humans, and we simply can't apply a possible vaccine to a patient cohort and suggest that they behave like supermen. or superwomen, encouraging them to take all risks in their eagerness to "see what they do."

"For this simple question we have no answer," he admitted.

Asked to comment on the first Portuguese institutional prevention campaign, directed at gay men, the French researcher said that is not a new issue elsewhere.

"We know that unfortunately this population is still affected by HIV / AIDS infection and we need to have information, education and prevention campaigns. It's a tricky subject in my country, France, where men who have sex with men continue to be infected today. "

To counter this reality has tried to promote a program of tests.

Barre-Sinoussi still refuses to speak up in risk groups, remembering that history "shows the bad impact, with discrimination and stigmatization" and homosexuals "are a people like any other, but there has to be education and information."

About condom female, who has also been the target of prevention campaigns in Portugal, it states that the non-use can be cultural. "But it is also a practical question of how to use it," he said, explaining that it is not as easy to use as the condom male.

He also recalled that the "first message" in the case of this disease is still and for a very large lapse of time will be "prevention."

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