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HIV/AIDS

19 July 2007

An end to HIV?

A new generation of HIV drugs is so promising that researchers are talking about eradicating the virus, an international Aids conference will be told in Sydney next week.

A new generation of HIV drugs is so promising that researchers are talking about eradicating the virus, an international Aids conference will be told in Sydney next week.

Fewer side effects
Cooper said while cocktails of powerful anti-retroviral drugs had been used to help contain the virus and prolong life for more than a decade, the new drugs were more potent than their predecessors and had fewer side effects.

Cooper, the director of Australia's National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, said integrase inhibitors and other promising research avenues such as gene therapy meant eradicating HIV was a realistic possibility.

Back on the agenda
"Now with some of the newer drugs and newer strategies it's back on the agenda again."

Still much to do
"The achievements in treatment have been breathtaking, there has been so much accomplished in the years up to 2007, but there is still much to do - that will be the key message I'll be taking to the conference," he told AFP.


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