Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

AUSTRALIA: Australian Scientist Claims HIV/AIDS Breakthrough


France 24 (01.16.13)

David Harrich, a researcher at Australia’s Queensland Institute of Medical Research, reported that he has modified an HIV protein to interrupt the replication of the virus and prevent HIV from developing into AIDS. According to his research, the modified protein—named Nullbasic by Harrich—has been successful in laboratory tests. The modified protein would not be a cure for HIV. In contrast with HIV treatments that aim to eliminate the virus, Nullbasic would interrupt the disease process and prevent HIV-infected people from developing AIDS. The laboratory will begin testing the modified HIV protein in animals this year. Even if animal testing is successful, Harrich estimated treatment for HIV-infected people is still some years away. However, he stated the treatment could eliminate costly multi-drug treatments, save money for governments, and improve quality of life for HIV-infected people. The United Nations estimates there were 34 million HIV-infected people in the world in 2011. Most of these—23.5 million—live in sub-Saharan Africa. Another 4.2 million HIV-infected people live in southern Asia or Southeast Asia.


Copyright © 2013 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.

Information in this article was accurate in January 16, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.