In search of a cure



Finding an AIDS cure has always been an ultimate goal for medical experts, ever since the early days of the epidemic. While the first four years of the AIDS epidemic were years of silent suffering and horrible deaths, in 1985 health officials announced the name of the virus causing what we know today as AIDS. They also announced their confidence that a cure was soon to follow. Yet, the virus continued to infect and then decimate its victims, so much that during the early nineties the number of AIDS-related deaths increased exponentially. There was no cure in sight. The only available treatment was AZT, which became available in 1987 and which had serious negative side effects.