amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

How Cures Can Fail

Recent years have seen advocates and researchers forecasting the “end of AIDS” and setting targets for an “AIDS-free generation.” However, advocates must guard against declaring that the fight has been won. Indeed, even if a medical curative therapy for HIV is developed, it is imperative that the HIV response be sustained in order to build effective delivery systems and ensure maximum and sustained uptake. Global efforts to eradicate tuberculosis and malaria serve as a warning of how cures can fail. As this amfAR report explains, the lessons from these diseases are that cures are not panaceas and that only with a coordinated and enduring commitment can any disease be controlled.

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