Jeremy Farrar, CEO of the British charity – and research organisation ‘Welcome Trust’ said: “HIV patients are becoming more and more resistant to the medication, which after a while won’t have any effect anymore.” He even stated that a new HIV pandemic is a real possibility. This is really bad bad bad news.
I mean, yeah scientists are coming up with new cures and prevention medication, but if we’re becoming resistant to it, it has no point at all. This is also where I want to say, EDUCATION = PREVENTION. Educating people about what HIV is and how to prevent it is the key.
This resistance that we’re developing can have a serious impact the next 20 years. The HIV virus can mutated very easily and turn into a pandemic. Yes new cures are being developed, but the options aren’t inexhaustible.
Jeremy Farrar says that existing treatments should become more efficient and those new medicines to fight this resistance need to be created. Also very crucial is the development of a vaccine, but this is very hard to make for a virus like HIV.
I just hope they find something strong enough to fight this. In the meanwhile ‘education = prevention’.