As of 2019, there is no cure for HIV or AIDS. However, there are treatments available that allow people with the virus to live long, healthy lives. In this blog post, we’ll explore the current state of HIV/AIDS treatment and what the future may hold for a potential cure.
The History of HIV/AIDS Treatment
The first cases of what would later be called AIDS were reported in the United States in 1981. Since then, there have been major advances in our understanding of the disease and the development of treatments. In the early days of the epidemic, people with AIDS often died within a few years of diagnosis. However, thanks to advances in treatment, people with HIV now have a near-normal life expectancy.
The current standard of care for HIV is a combination of antiretroviral drugs that must be taken every day. These drugs work by interfering with HIV’s ability to replicate itself inside the body. When taken consistently, they can reduce the amount of virus in the body to undetectable levels. This not only keeps people with HIV healthy, but it also reduces their risk of transmitting the virus to others.
What Does the Future Hold?
While there is no cure for HIV at this time, scientists are working hard to develop one. In recent years, there have been promising developments in this area. In 2014, a baby born with HIV was cured using a combination of antiretroviral drugs and a bone marrow transplant. While this approach is not practical for most people with HIV, it shows that a cure is possible.
Scientists are also working on developing new antiretroviral drugs that can be used to treat drug-resistant strains of HIV. Additionally, they are working on new delivery methods that would make it easier for people to take their medication every day. For example, researchers are developing long-acting injectable medications that could be taken once or twice per month instead of daily pills.
While there is no cure for HIV or AIDS at this time, scientists are making great strides in developing new treatments and therapies that can help people with the virus live long, healthy lives. With continued research and development, it’s hopeful that a cure will be found in the not-too-distant future.