Over the last few years there have been some significant developments in scientific research pointing to the potential for an HIV cure; however HIV cure research is still in its infancy.
While there is much optimism about its potential, it is likely that a cure for HIV will not be realised for some time. Regardless of how successful cure research is, a focus on HIV prevention will remain pivotal.
The optimism contained in media statements around this work has sometimes led to misleading reports in the media, implying that a cure for HIV is ‘imminent’.
For an example where an Australian research body’s PR statement has prompted uncritical and therefore inaccurate reporting, see: Australian AIDS Cure Claim Leads to a Maelstrom of Hype and Misinformation
The Doherty Institute, Melbourne's Alfred Hospital and Living Positive Victoria have put together an excellent guide for media consumers on taking a critical approach to reporting on HIV cure research. See: HIV cure in the media – how to sort fact from fiction
See also: Developing a cure for HIV