HIV 'Cure' Risky and Impractical

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"Positive results from microbicide trails, male circumcision trials, vaccine trials and pre-exposure prophylaxis trials suggest that effective, relatively passive measures to minimize transmission of HIV may be on hand within the next decade," said Jacobs.

People living with HIV will also continue to benefit from medications that are generally easy to tolerate and help improve quality of life.

"Antiretroviral therapy has transformed HIV care over the past dozen years and represents one of the major medical accomplishments of the past few decades," said Richman.

Victor Maldonado is grateful for that.

"I'm currently on antiretrovirals, and the drugs work. There's no doubt about it," he said.

Even though he knows the patient in Germany is a rare case, he hopes that research like it will continue.

"Research is the lifeblood for finding treatments and a cure for HIV," he said.

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