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HIV gene therapy maybe for poor people


They're talking about maybe creating gene therapy for the poor, and that's most of the HIV infected community. I'm just really glad this is being discussed at IAS 2021..

--- Quote ---Could gene therapies be used to cure more people with HIV?

Medical science is starting to license and use drugs and procedures that change the genetic code inside the body’s cells, and to correct the ‘bad code’ that can give rise to conditions such as cancer and the auto-immune diseases. Since HIV is a disease that results from a virus inserting such a piece of bad code into our genes, such therapies could be used to snip out that code and effect a cure.

This was what attendees at last month’s International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2021) heard at the workshop on curing HIV. The workshop opened with two introductory talks by Professor Hans-Peter Kiem, the chair of gene therapy at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle in the US (‘the Fred Hutch’) and, in a joint presentation, by the Fred Hutch’s Dr Jennifer Adair and Dr Cissy Kityo of the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in Kampala, Uganda.

The latter talk was a sign of acknowledgement that, while the prospects for genetic medicine are brighter than ever before, their expense and sophistication do not fit well with the global epidemiology of HIV, which mainly affects the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged communities. Despite this, Fred Hutch and JCRC have embarked upon a joint research programme to develop within the next few years a genetic therapy treatment for HIV that could be realistically scaled up for use in lower-income settings..

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