25+ Years of HIV/AIDS Research

Friday, June 18, 2010

In the last quarter century, research into HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—has come a long way, but not far enough. Dr. Jay A. Levy, Director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research at the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Robert C. Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology and Division of Basic Science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discuss the historical scientific breakthroughs, what the latest research is finding, and how far we have to go before a vaccine or cure for HIV/AIDS is developed.


Listen to Leonard's 1987 interview on AIDS research with Dr. George McKinnley of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Sam Waksal, founder and CEO of ImClone Systems and Dr. Paul Nayler of George Washington University here:


Dr. Jay A. Levy and Dr. Robert C. Gallo

Comments [7]

Alice from Norwalk, CT

I wonder if there is any merit to the supposed cure developed by a renowned Cameroonian physician, Proffesor Victor Anomah Ngu.

Jun. 24 2010 02:33 PM
The Truth from Becky

I certainly hope this research doesn't go the way of cancer research....i mean how many years has that been going on? and no cure. I hope there is true dedication and not any behind the scenes financial motive.

Just in case, to the Doctors: People are dying.

Jun. 18 2010 12:44 PM
norman from NYC

Yeah, you'd want a vaccine to have more than 30% protection.

But in order to have an epidemic, every person who gets infected has to infect at least one more person in turn.

If each person infects only half a person, on average, the infection will die out.

For that matter, 70% would do it.

Jun. 18 2010 12:36 PM
antonio from park slope

Is any of this research, or research from other arenas (cancer, etc) being used to find a vaccine? There was an encouraging report about early trials with a breast cancer vaccine that yielded positive outcomes with mice.

Jun. 18 2010 12:34 PM
The Truth from Becky

Sadly, I am not satisfied with the progress. 25 years and no vaccine of cure? I don't understand how there a meds to prolong but not cure? Confusing.

Jun. 18 2010 12:34 PM
norman from NYC

I thought the reason some people were resistant to HIV infection was that the receptors that the virus uses was different. But whatever.

Jun. 18 2010 12:21 PM
Paracelsus from San Luis Abysmal

"Cranks who think HIV doesn't cause AIDS?"
"Cranks who think the Gummint invented AIDS?"
"Cranks who think HIV doesn't cause AIDS, but the Gummint invented it anyway?"
---"I was BORN ready, Jack!"

(The pity of it is that these cranks don't come out of nowhere: the government has done some Really Bad Things in the past, and didn't do nearly enough in the early days of the epidemic because of who were at risk...and additional health factors like drug use, poverty, and other diseases help to make a bad situation worse. But their insistence on their ideas only serve to _distract_ from these real problems, proving yet again that paranoia is a waste of good suspicion.)

Jun. 18 2010 10:49 AM

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