World Aids Day will be celebrated on Sunday, December 1 and everyone in the whole world will pledge to cure HIV/AIDS permanently. There are 38 million people in the world living with the disease and thankfully 24 million of them have access to anti-HIV drugs. But the pills have to be taken regularly and the virus spreads again if they are stopped. It is why researchers are working very hard to find a permanent cure for HIV and AIDS and eradicate the epidemic from this world.
It’s that time again: Starting today, Apple Stores around the world have (RED) logos and window decals in support of World AIDS Day on December 1.
📸: Apple Upper West Side pic.twitter.com/hk2WBvcRrj
— Michael Steeber (@MichaelSteeber) November 27, 2019
LOOK: UP Manila’s Alpha Phi Omega fraternity’s oblation run is about to start. This year’s theme is about ending the stigma on HIV/AIDS | @TriciahTerada #WorldAIDSDay takes place every December 1 pic.twitter.com/FlIh7QtIVc
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) November 29, 2019
Last month, the researchers got a big boost as NIH and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation each announced to grant $100 million to support the research on gene-based cures for HIV as well as sickle cell disease. The researchers are now confident that with the surplus funding, they can find a cure for HIV/AIDS very soon.
Cures for Sickle Cell Disease
The main focus of the research is to find the cure for sickle cell disease in a single shot without any toxic effects. Also, it should be accessible everywhere in the world, especially the African countries where it is a major problem and thousands of people are infected from HIV and AIDS.
It is believed that a gene therapy cure for sickle cell disease will be found before there is a cure for HIV. In the current process, the blood cells of a patient are removed and modified with CCR5 mutation, and it is inserted back again. Even though the experiments are showing good results in HIV related cases, the method has to be made simpler.
Gene Therapy Delivery in a Syringe
The researchers are working to combine all the process and make it possible by a single syringe insertion. The plan is to make a mixture containing all gene transfer materials, DNA and the gene-editing enzymes and pack it into a syringe and then injected it into the HIV infected patient’s body. It is currently called ‘gene therapy in syringe’ and if somehow it is developed. The cure for HIV and AIDS can be safer, relatively inexpensive, less complex and very much effective.