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, 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.
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.
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.