Saint Lucians cautioned after UK patient’s HIV becomes “undetectable”

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Saint Lucians cautioned after UK patient’s HIV becomes “undetectable”
Dr. Cleophus D'Auvergne
Dr. Cleophus D’Auvergne

(SNO) — Project Coordinator of the OECS HIV/TB Elimination Grant, Dr. Cleophus D’Auvergne, is advising caution following news that a United Kingdom patient’s HIV has become “undetectable” following a stem cell transplant.

The news raised hope that a cure for the disease is possible but health officials in Saint Lucia are warning that it remains very real on the island, with 44 new cases reported in 2017.

Speaking with HTS News, Dr. D’Auvergne said countries should exercise caution.

“The findings should be taken with a bit of caution because there is still a system whereby the HIV virus can reenter the cell and start proliferating again,” he said.

He explained that the UK patient is in remission but there is possibility that the virus can multiply again.

“But so far it shows that the patient is in remission for a considerable period of time,” Dr. D’Auvergne said.

He warned that people need to stop becoming too complacent due to drugs that are available to treat HIV.

“We have to take greater responsibility for our behavior, or high-risk-seeking behavior such as having unprotected sex, multiple partners, as well as alcohol abuse, substance abuse that contribute to our inhibition,” he stated. “So it is a question of focusing on our behavioral aspects so that they can be augmented towards prevention efforts.”

He pointed out there should be a collaborative approach to combating the virus involving the government and civil society, with the youth taking ownership because “HIV is something they have to confront in the future”.

Dr. D’Auvergne explained that more men, especially men who have sex with men, are dying of HIV, and is affecting the most productive aspect of the society.

“And that has implications for our economy … and our human resources,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gail Gajadhar of the Infectious Disease Unit in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and acting senior medical officer, said despite the UK patient’s undetectable virus load, a ‘cure’ for HIV is nowhere near, however it can allow for more research to find a cure.

“Right now a cure of HIV is not on the horizon,” she warned.

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  1. yes batty boys. HIV killing people, especially those who do it in the batty. so stop ruining your lives.

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  2. lol, yall really think yall can fool all people that there is no cure for aids. there is a cure and the people that created the aids virus to infect and kill off black people and those in charge of those demonic secret societies are the ones who has it. They just waiting for the right time to drop the news they found a cure but it was already attained long ago.

    there was this scientist very long ago that discovered how to build an engine that uses water instead of petroleum. now if this got through you know this would be a big big down fall for car companies and also people who sell fuel, you know what they did to her? they killed her so this would not get to far cause right now the manufactures knew they would be moving on to electric hybrid cars as we speak. take Tesla for example. if they hadnt stopped her they would not have made any success

    with all this years of new technology and research and waste of money how can there not be a cure. they would never give the cure cause ass they say the rich would live and the poor man would die. i know some of yall will come and tell me some nonsense but thats how small minded and inside the box you think and how they want you to think.

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    • you belong in a mental institution. you come on SNO and write a whole paragraph of BS conspiracy while ignoring the fact that people are still losing their lives. Please ignore GW ignorance. the man mad.

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