The Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa consortium, led by Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has discovered a weakness in the virus that enables the body to produce a “broadly neutralising antibody response”.
This is good news given that African and other less developed countries have felt the brunt of this virus more heavily than countries in the developed world.
There is even talk of a vaccination being introduced in a few years. Of course this is no reason for us to live recklessly. We must continue to use condoms as opposed to eating beetroot, exercising and showering after the exchange of bodily fluids as was infamously suggested by two South African politicians.
I never thought I’d see the day when HIV/AIDS was talked about like the flu, a headache or a simple throat infection. Although there is still stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, it seems we are getting closer to a time when you can actually call your boss and say “I’m sorry boss, I won’t be in today I have a bad case of the AIDS.” I hope that time comes soon.
For now though we all have to be cautious, that means getting tested as often as possible, staying faithful to your partner and checking underneath the bed for monsters.