What are your hopes for therapy and treatment of HIV/AIDS?
A cure for HIV may be a stretch, but we will see advances in medicine that improve quality of life for HIV patients, says HealthMaker Sean Strub, activist and founder of POZ Magazine. In this video, he discusses his hopes for future treatment of HIV.
I am not optimistic that we will see something that will truly eradicate the virus from the human host.
I guess I should say my hope is for a cure. But then you get into what defines a cure. Often they say if you have had breast cancer--
if a woman has breast cancer and survives five years, she is cured. So to me what is the cure?
Am I cured? I feel pretty good. I'm in better health than I've been really pretty much any time in my adult life.
I take these medications every day. If I don't take them, I will get sick. But for all practical purposes, I
consider myself cured in terms of leading my life and so on. So what I hope is that the drugs will
continue to advance so you don't have to take them as often. There may be a therapeutic vaccine
for people who have HIV. I think we'll see those kinds of improvements in the treatments.
I am not optimistic that we will see something that will truly eradicate the virus. I'm not optimistic that will happen.
But I think the advances in medicine are going to continue with less side effects,
more effective for a longer period of time, less intrusive in terms of the number of pills and the frequency with which you have to take them.