AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) got permanent cure?

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  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) got permanent cure?
    Why no?
    This disease has been so long, so many researches poured into it.
     
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  3. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Where's God when you really need him, eh?
     
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  5. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Because the disease incorporates itself into your DNA. And you can't remove your DNA.
     
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  7. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    it is a virus, isn't it?
    how to kill the virus when it is in your body?
     
  8. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    It is a retrovirus.
    I was going to list viral treatments - but let's do this instead. Here you go! https://lmgtfy.app/?q=treatments for viral infections
     
  9. Hercules Rockefeller Beatings will continue until morale improves. Moderator

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    True, but we’re not taking about every cell in the body. For a retrovirus, you can posit removing the retroviral-infected cells as a cure. But this can’t be done for HIV. HIV specifically infects CD4+ cells of the immune system, such as T-cells, macrophages and dendritic cells. Killing these cells means killing the patient’s immune system. And there are long-lived cells of the immune system that form a ‘reservoir’ of HIV infection in the body.

    HIV integrates itself into the DNA of human immune system cells and only replicates when the cell is stimulated to respond to an infection. These cells are called latently-infected cells. These cells are not recognised as infected by the immune system and not killed off, allowing them to persist for as long as the cell lives.

    So we can’t cure HIV, only suppress it and prevent it from reactivating and reproducing. The good news is that the latest HIV antiviral drugs appear to be able to do this indefinitely. An HIV+ person can now live their whole life without being infectious or developing AIDS.

    https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-science/overview
     
  10. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    But the drugs for HIV is very expensive, right?
    Most medical insurance does not cover HIV infection.
     
  11. Hercules Rockefeller Beatings will continue until morale improves. Moderator

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    Yes, but the cost is falling every year. I believe the true cost is tens of thousands of dollars per year.

    I don’t know; I guess it depends on the insurer and the country. I’m lucky to live in Australia with government subsidised universal health care. A quick search reveals that a prescription for HIV meds would cost AU$40. I don’t know how long that medication round will last – probably a few months. If you’re a low-income resident you will pay <$AU10. No insurance claims required.
     

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