After going on a 6 days hiatus, we come back to CuraHOPE with a whole range of articles and news worth covering, ranging from inspirational developments to medical research which could potentially get rid of some of the most terrible diseases in human history. Today, we look at HIV, also known as Human Immuno Deficiency syndrome (HIV).
Fight by a Quebec doctor to develop a HIV vaccine after conquering Zika and Ebola
The HIV crisis is one that has lasted for decades, and even agencies in developed countries such as the FDA have been struggling to fight against the prevalence of the disease. Today, we might finally see hope.
We hear from Gary Kobinger, a Quebec City doctor who was working furiously with his fellow researchers in 2014 to develop an effective vaccine against Zika. The research has received major positive feedback. He is now the director of the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases at Laval University.
The HIV vaccine could potentially be within reach
For three decades, we have seen minimal success with development of a vaccine for HIV as it is possible to have tens of thousands of variations of the same HIV virus within a single individual. Gary has now received a US$4 million grant to develop a vaccine against HIV and he called attention to the Thai trial, which has achieved about 30% efficacy in a large scale human trial.
Could there be lack of urgency in North America to fight against HIV research?
Gary commented that he does not feel that there is a sense of urgency to fight against the HIV disease, but that the million dollar grant provided to him proves that there is a real problem worth solving. Adding to that is the fact that many people do not have access to triple therapy!
Responsibility as a scientist and access to healthcare
Highlighting the responsibility of a scientist, Gary commented that accessibility to the vaccines he might potentially develop is an issue which inventors have to consider, ensuring that it can be open to people who need it. He remain hopeful for coming up with a vaccine.
However, at CuraHOPE, we have heard of many multi million dollar research grants, but the cure or vaccine for HIV remains elusive. Until then, we will continue to fight for true cures.