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

Long way to cure AIDS

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A long road to AIDS cure

A few years ago virologist Francoise Barre-Sinoussi provides for a "long way to cure AIDS". Yet she essaltou that before isolate and identify HIV, with Luc Montagnier in 1983, also did not believe they were coming to have it "in your 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, may come to be quick the way to find a cure but can be a way to take a long long long time gap until it is" a permanent solution to AIDS and I, today. Today I believe it will be a long time until this will happen, "predicted the virologist Barre-Sinoussi explaining that despite the" grand progress "in the knowledge of the virus and its interaction with the carrier, there is the be discovered in "today is much more difficult."

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

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

"The virus is mutant, which becomes an obstacle often mentioned, but not the only one. The virus affects much faster organisms than our body is able to react to "try" to control this infectious process and this is further complicated because it affects immediately the CD4 cells, which are cells that "command the immune response "leaving, in other words, an official with no army to transmit strategic orders to combat this pathogen and this is just one of the great obstacles to overcome, explained Sinoussi.

The researcher at the Pasteur Institute (Paris) stated that "the immune system's response need (or need?) Being should be able to block the transfer [of infection] between these cells and therefore, cells that are infected are exactly the cells that should instruct the immune system to prevent this happening and this strategic gap * * complicates so exasperating search for a solution. "

The infection, worsening the facts, "not only changes the immune specific response against the virus, as our defenses against pathogens in general," he summarized.

Hence the need to "seek an improved understanding of the interaction between HIV and the carrier, in order to understand and clarify the answer that we utilisar the vaccine to have the necessary protection." And after obtaining this answer, we would have to test them, sooner or later, in humans and we can not simply apply a vaccine in a cohort of patients and suggest that they start to behave like super men or super women, encouraging them to take all the risks, the desire to "see what happens".

"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 the infection of HIV / AIDS and we have information campaigns, education and prevention. It is a complicated issue 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 pointed out that the "first message" in the case of this disease is still and for a very long period of time will be "prevention."

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