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Aids cure may have two main pathways: Experts

Published on Jul 25, 2012 10:52 AM
Mr Timothy Ray Brown, known as the 'Berlin Patient' and the only person to have been cured of Aids, holds a press conference to announce the launch of the Timothy Ray Brown Foundation at the Westin City Centre hotel on July 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Investigators are looking into two main paths toward a cure for Aids, based on the stunning stories of a small group of people around the world who have been able to overcome the disease.

Despite progress in treating millions of people globally with antiretroviral drugs, experts say a cure is more crucial than ever because the rate of HIV infections is outpacing the world's ability to medicate people.

'For every person who starts antiretroviral therapy, two new individuals are infected with HIV,' Mr Javier Martinez-Picado of the IrsiCaixa Aids Research Institute in Spain told the International Aids Conference in Washington on Tuesday.

Some 34 million people around the world are living with HIV, which has caused around 30 million Aids-related deaths since the disease first emerged in the 1980s.

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