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Aids researchers have revived their hope for the HIV  cure .They  believe that time may have come to think the unthinkable and believe that the  HIV  cure can be found.

International AIDS specialists on Thursday released what they call a road map for research toward a cure for HIV.

A scientist who shared a Nobel prize for the discovery of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)  have added her voice to those who believe it is possible to cure a viral infection that until now has been considered life-long, chronic and, although treatable but  ultimately incurable.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who first reported the discovery of the Aids virus in 1983 with her colleague Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, is expected later today in Washington to say that talk of a cure for HIV should no longer be a taboo subject for Aids researchers.

She will cite the case of the “Berlin Patient”, an American gay man called Timothy Brown who received a bone marrow transplant in 2007 while a student in Germany. The transplant was undertaken to treat a type of blood cancer but in the process it also apparently cured Mr Brown of his HIV infection.

For decades, a cure for Aids has been little more than a pipe dream because of the ability of the virus to integrate itself within the genetic material of infected patients. Once installed within a patient’s DNA, the Aids virus could “hide away” for years, even decades, from the body’s immune defences.

Meanwhile on Sunday the International AIDS Conference  will begin  at DC with  more than 20,000 scientists, activists and policymakers gathering to find the way forward for HIV  cure  among other interventions for the disease.

By UP