A "Bad Year" for HIV Cure Research? Experts Mix Realism and Hope

A "Bad Year" for HIV Cure Research? Experts Mix Realism and Hope

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2014 has not been the best year for anyone seeking good news on our progress toward a cure for HIV. At this time last year, we felt increasing confidence that as many as 20 people may have been cleared of the virus. But since then, the "Boston patients" relapsed, as did the "Mississippi child." We still have our "Berlin patient," but to many, the hope of an imminent cure feels somewhat weaker today than it did 12 months ago.

2014 has not been the best year for anyone seeking good news on our progress toward a cure for HIV. At this time last year, we felt increasing confidence that as many as 20 people may have been cleared of the virus. But since then, the "Boston patients" relapsed, as did the "Mississippi child." We still have our "Berlin patient," but to many, the hope of an imminent cure feels somewhat weaker today than it did 12 months ago.

At ICAAC 2014, a major gathering of infectious disease experts, we heard speeches and spoke with leading HIV researchers about their evolving feelings regarding our fraught pathway toward a cure and the efforts currently underway to get us there.