HIV cure still some way off despite London breakthrough, says charity

HIV Cure: 'We hope results will help future studies on the way to finding a cure, says the Terrence Higgins Trust

A breakthrough has been made in HIV treatment research (Getty)

Monday, October 3, 2016

A cure for HIV is still some way off - but today's much-publicised breakthrough in London could be crucial.

That is according to the chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, a prominent HIV charity, who was speaking after news that a London man could become the first person to be cured of the disease.

The 44-year-old man was previously HIV positive, but tests have shown the virus has vanished from his blood. He is one of 50 people who are trialing a new treatment for the disease, created by scientists from five UK universities.

In response, Ian Green told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think it's very early days, but we really do hope the results will help future studies on the way to finding a cure. 

"If there is the prospect that there could be a complete cure for HIV, what a fabulous day that will be."

Listen to the full interview to find out more