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Australian Researchers Believe They Have Found Cure for AIDS
Medical Daily ^ | JAN 16, 2013 | MAKINI BRICE

Posted on 01/19/2013 1:03:37 AM PST by nickcarraway

Australian Researchers Believe They Have Found Cure for AIDS A team of researchers believes that they may have found a cure for HIV by A team of researchers believes that they may have found a cure for HIV by turning the virus against itself.

While treatment for HIV has become more successful than ever before at evading AIDS, AIDS remains a threat. In fact, the majority of people infected with HIV will not progress to AIDS for 10 to 15 years, according to Avert, and antiretroviral therapy can delay it even further. However, antiretroviral therapy is expensive and has a multitude of side effects. One team of researchers from the Queensland Medical Institute in Australia believes that they may have found a cure for the syndrome by turning the virus against itself.

The team focused its research on a protein called Nullbasic, which the HIV virus needs in order to replicate. They were able to modify the protein in order to significantly inhibit growth, and their findings have worked every time they have conducted the experiments. While the virus would still exist in a person's system, it would be unable to develop into AIDS and individuals could maintain a healthy immune system. The therapy would mean that HIV would never deteriorate into AIDS, spelling an end to onerous drug regimes. That, in turn, would mean that people infected with HIV would have a better quality of life and government and consumer costs would decrease.

"If this research continues down its strong path, and bear in mind there are many hurdles to clear, we're looking at a cure for AIDS," study author David Harrich said in a statement.

Animal trials of the protein are due to begin this year.

An HIV patient is believed to have deteriorated into AIDS if their CD4 immune system cells drop below 200 per each microliter of blood. The development of 22 HIV-related infections and cancers also mean that the patient is characterized as having full-blown AIDS.

34 million people were infected with HIV in 2011, up from 33.5 million cases in 2010, according to the United Nations.

The study was published in the journal Human Gene Therapy.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: aids; australia; hiv; homosexualagenda; poofpushing

1 posted on 01/19/2013 1:03:42 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Um, stop screwing other men in the butt without a condom? Yeah, all sane people have known that for a while now.

PS There are people (for example blood recipients and wives who do not know they are “beards”) who suffer from AIDS and did not engaged in that behavior. However, nearly 100% of their infections can be traced to someone who has. Those innocent people are victims of political correctness run wild. I have all the sympathy in the world for them.


2 posted on 01/19/2013 1:16:51 AM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar

“However, nearly 100% of their infections can be traced to someone who has. Those innocent people are victims of political correctness run wild. I have all the sympathy in the world for them.”

And it is for those people, and others who are true victims of this (people who got it from bad blood products, improper medical procedures, etc) that I hope this turns out to be what they are saying it is.


3 posted on 01/19/2013 1:21:26 AM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: piytar

Prevention vs. cure. There is a certain mindset among many gays, however, that getting HIV is a goal, not something to be prevented. I wonder now that if this pseudo-cure works, which prevents AIDS but not HIV, will it become a more attractive mindset to them?


4 posted on 01/19/2013 1:35:06 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (Common sense is the first casualty of a depraved mind.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

The scary thing is that this tends toward a world where everyone has HIV and is dependent on this treatment to survive. Creepy.


5 posted on 01/19/2013 1:44:29 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

I think I was alluding to this but you spelled it out nicely. Yes, creepy.


6 posted on 01/19/2013 1:54:33 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (Common sense is the first casualty of a depraved mind.)
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To: nickcarraway
So it's not a cure. It's just another preventative measure.
What a liberal piece of schlock writing. It's not a cure for HIV and it's only a preventative or "vaccine" for (not against) AIDs.
Homosexuals would still be free to pass HIV on to more and more homo's as well as straight victims.
Since they're not actually "curing" anything, and if they can't fix/cure HIV then eventually it would just mutate and there would be a new AIDs super strain that they couldn't control anyway.
7 posted on 01/19/2013 2:16:39 AM PST by brent13a
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To: Telepathic Intruder; dr_lew

“The scary thing is that this tends toward a world where everyone has HIV and is dependent on this treatment to survive. Creepy.”

“I think I was alluding to this but you spelled it out nicely. Yes, creepy.”

I think it goes further than that. If everyone has HIV, then no-one can be discriminated against on the basis of having HIV - no-one can take the moral high ground and make others feel “bad”.


8 posted on 01/19/2013 2:40:10 AM PST by Diapason
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To: nickcarraway
While the virus would still exist in a person's system, it would be unable to develop into AIDS and individuals could maintain a healthy immune system. The therapy would mean that HIV would never deteriorate into AIDS, spelling an end to onerous drug regimes.

This tiny little article leaves me with a few questions.

It seems that they are curing AIDS but not HIV; so is the patient still able to transmit HIV?

The article says that the patient is given therapy; so does the patient need therapy for the rest of his life or only for a short time. (I don’t think of therapy as resulting in a lasting cure. Maybe I am wrong)

9 posted on 01/19/2013 2:53:47 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: nickcarraway

Pharmaceutical companies will never ever find the cure for things, only the treatments, if they found cures, their whole profit margin goes down.


10 posted on 01/19/2013 2:56:51 AM PST by sunmars
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To: Pontiac
I attended a Q&A with one of the scientists involved and this is my understanding of what she said.

It seems that they are curing AIDS but not HIV; so is the patient still able to transmit HIV?

Yes, although the virus load will probably be lower, so it will be less likely.

The article says that the patient is given therapy; so does the patient need therapy for the rest of his life or only for a short time. (I don’t think of therapy as resulting in a lasting cure. Maybe I am wrong)

If it pans out as they hope, it will be a lasting treatment not ongoing therapy. The treatment will be complicated and expensive but once it's over the person will almost certainly never develop AIDS. And when it comes to expense, it will almost certainly be less than the expected cost of a lifetime of retroviral treatments.

11 posted on 01/19/2013 3:45:50 AM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: nickcarraway
Australian Researchers Believe They Have Found Cure for AIDS


12 posted on 01/19/2013 3:49:25 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: piytar

According to the World Health organization, condoms are not effective in stopping the spread of viral STD’s like HIV.


13 posted on 01/19/2013 4:01:40 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: nickcarraway

While the virus would still exist in a person’s system, it would be unable to develop into AIDS and individuals could maintain a healthy immune system.

Even if it works there is one small problem: The animals out there are still living the “lifestyle” that gave the virus it’s power. With their help the virus will develop around the system put in place to stop it. That is, pretty much, what viruses do 27/365.


14 posted on 01/19/2013 4:12:58 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: sunmars

If “cures” were found, think of how many millions of jobs and trillions of dollars would dry-up in employment, funding, sales etc. It’s a worldwide “cottage industry” mega-business. Won’t happen. You’re right.


15 posted on 01/19/2013 4:41:30 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: nickcarraway

Castrate Homosexuals?


16 posted on 01/19/2013 4:51:02 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: sunmars

You mean like for the polio vaccine? You’re confusing drug companies with independent researchers.


17 posted on 01/19/2013 5:33:40 AM PST by driftless2
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To: nickcarraway

If they can only find a way to make the HIV virus itself turn gay-—that being the cells would only try and pair with similar cells but cannot reproduce. I’m being facetious (’. Cells divide and reproduce by meiosis and not by gender. Such a thing as same sex meiosis without any baby cells? Its the theatre of the absurd mind at work on this thread.


18 posted on 01/19/2013 5:35:23 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: nickcarraway
Excuse my skepticism but when was the last time modern expensive medicine ever found a cure for disease outside of antibiotics being effective toward some organisms.

We've been fighting cancer for years with very little progress but be sure to continue to send money. It's the same for most other diseases.

19 posted on 01/19/2013 5:40:18 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: sunmars
Pharmaceutical companies will never ever find the cure for things, only the treatments, if they found cures, their whole profit margin goes down.

What's the cure for the problems of old age?

20 posted on 01/19/2013 6:16:33 AM PST by TimSkalaBim
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To: nickcarraway
“individuals could maintain a healthy immune system”

People are susceptible to AIDS in the first place because they're immune compromised. Non HIV infected homosexuals get many diseases and have a high hospital admittance rate, so maintaining a healthy immune system is a relative term.

21 posted on 01/19/2013 6:34:17 AM PST by Varda
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To: Pontiac

The article is incomprehensible, but perhaps they are altering the virus via molecular engineering to render it non-pathogenic.

That’s one of two possible approaches. The second is somehow activating latent virus (all of it at the same time), coaxing it out of macrophages and T-cell precursors (somehow), and then killing it conventionally.

There has been some (very early) progress along path #2, I haven’t heard of any progress with #1. As I said, the article itself is meaningless and I have no idea what they are describing.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 6:40:02 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: dr_lew

There are some places in Africa where the infection rate is well over 90% of the adults.


23 posted on 01/19/2013 6:56:22 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: sunmars
Pharmaceutical companies will never ever find the cure for things, only the treatments, if they found cures, their whole profit margin goes down.

This is a common notion, and is often applied in other areas, as with the notion that the car companies conspired to cover up the 70 mpg carburetor.

The problem is that it shows a total lack of understanding of market economic incentives.

If a cure for cancer were discovered tomorrow, the market for all drugs treating cancer would plummet. But the company that came up with the "cure" would make immense sums of money.

The notion that this company would keep the cure quiet is therefore based on the idea that it would avoid making a lot of money for itself in order to protect other companies in the industry.

Does not compute.

Similarly, any car company that came up with a device that doubled mpg would make immense sums by putting it into its own cars and licensing it to other companies.

Their deep-sixing it is based on the peculiar notion that they'd pass up immense wealth for themselves in order to protect the profit margins of the oil industry as a whole.

Again, does not compute.

Adam Smith covered this in detail in Wealth of Nations. Industries have an incentive to conspire against the public good by price-fixing, but any single company that breaks the pact benefits itself. So the incentive is for them to cheat, which makes price-fixing much more difficult to enforce. In fact, absent government or other coercion, it is essentially impossible.

I believe this is also covered by Game Theory, where there is usually an inherent conflict between what is best for the group and what is best for an individual within that group.

24 posted on 01/19/2013 7:21:40 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: nickcarraway

If only I could have a dime every time it is in a news again (for 20+ years and counting).


25 posted on 01/19/2013 8:29:22 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
We've been fighting cancer for years with very little progress but be sure to continue to send money. It's the same for most other diseases.

I have MS. After many years, I'm slightly jaded when it comes to the pharmaceutical companies, and even medical research. Sometimes I wonder if they want to find a cure, which is sort of impossible till you find a cause, and that has never been determined.

There's so much money to be made on the treatments (which cost boatloads of $$$, have a general success rate of 33-50% in slowing down the number of exacerbations, but evidently not preventing diability, and have a myriad of side effects, some of them fatal.)

26 posted on 01/19/2013 11:47:38 AM PST by memyselfandi59
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To: Nik Naym
And it is for those people, and others who are true victims of this (people who got it from bad blood products, improper medical procedures, etc) that I hope this turns out to be what they are saying it is.

While I did not explicitly state that, my hope is the same as yours.

27 posted on 01/19/2013 3:15:33 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar

AIDS is not a disease as much as it is a civil rights status. If it had been treated as a disease from the get-go it never would have run as rampant as it did.


28 posted on 01/19/2013 3:18:20 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: nickcarraway
Animal trials of the protein are due to begin this year.

They're making a big claim for something that hasn't started animal trials yet. Good luck to them anyway.

29 posted on 01/19/2013 3:19:02 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: memyselfandi59

Yea, I’m very much into natural remedies myself. I love earthclinic.com


30 posted on 01/19/2013 6:00:24 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: naturalman1975

It sounds to me as if they will just be swapping one antiviral therapy for another. Please correct me if I’m wrong.


31 posted on 01/21/2013 5:20:56 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: naturalman1975

It sounds to me as if they will just be swapping one antiviral therapy for another. Please correct me if I’m wrong.


32 posted on 01/21/2013 5:21:25 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: TalBlack
While the virus would still exist in a person’s system, it would be unable to develop into AIDS and individuals could maintain a healthy immune system.

And HIV is only one of many diseases that sodomites are prone to. News is coming out recently of an incurable form of gonnorhea. .

33 posted on 01/21/2013 5:27:43 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: TalBlack
While the virus would still exist in a person’s system, it would be unable to develop into AIDS and individuals could maintain a healthy immune system.

And HIV is only one of many diseases that sodomites are prone to. News is coming out recently of an incurable form of gonnorhea. .

34 posted on 01/21/2013 5:27:43 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: TalBlack
While the virus would still exist in a person’s system, it would be unable to develop into AIDS and individuals could maintain a healthy immune system.

And HIV is only one of many diseases that sodomites are prone to. News is coming out recently of an incurable form of gonnorhea. .

35 posted on 01/21/2013 5:27:56 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
It sounds to me as if they will just be swapping one antiviral therapy for another. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

They would be swapping one anti-viral therapy that requires a person to take three different expensive drugs at fairly precise intervals every single day (and if you get it wrong, it reduces effectiveness of the treatment or can actually be dangerous), and which have side effects, for an anti-viral treatment that in the majority of cases would only need to be given once, and then the person is treated for life (or at least until an actual cure comes along that destroys the virus).

36 posted on 01/21/2013 2:33:42 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Taken only once? Where do you see that in the article?


37 posted on 01/21/2013 3:16:53 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
Taken only once? Where do you see that in the article?

It's not in the article - as I said in an earlier post, I went to a Q&A with one of the scientists involved in the research.

If this works, they will use gene therapy to alter a person's genes so that their own body produces the protein that prevents HIV developing into AIDS. That's a complicated treatment but it's a one off treatment. Similar treatments are already in use for a few other diseases, but they are complicated, which is one reason why there are still questions as to whether or not this will pan out as a successful treatment.

38 posted on 01/21/2013 3:22:52 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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