For decades, there has been a consistent search for cures and vaccines to fight against AIDS. However, researchers have not succeeded, and are only able to provide treatment drugs known as antiretrovirals (ARV) to fight against this terrible disease.
It seems like there could now be a potential answer (forewarned not to get your hopes up though, it could be years before a cure is developed, but this is the right step forward). We bring you news about a potential cure for AIDS referencing Vox’s coverage.
A potential AIDS vaccine being developed
The current clinical trial going on now is labelled “Ad26-env mosaic vaccine”. Initial results from the computer algorithm used to analyse HIV data from around the world shows some promise. The caution here is that the trial is in very early stages of human testing and might eventually still fall through.
In the study of this Ad26 mosaic vaccine, 393 volunteers were involved in the trial (known as APPOACH). However, the efficacy rate is only 66%, even when tested with monkeys. This means that in a population of 100 people, 34 people who have been exposed to the virus will still be infected. However, no concrete figures about the efficacy rate on human are currently available.
What does it mean for AIDS?
In short, the people who are not infected from AIDS will have a chance to be guarded against AIDS if the vaccine is developed. However, the close to 40 million of people infected with AIDS still have no effective cure. Yet, this is a step in the right direction if we want to stop the disease from spreading. However, what we are really trying to push for here at CuraHOPE is to put an end to all diseases.