Amazing news, there’s hope of cure for AIDS.
Two Boston men have stopped their drugs; so far
It’s fifteen weeks, and virus can’t be found.
Too soon to say it’s cured; OK to say
‘Remission’ though. Exciting times! The drugs,
The antiretrovirals, keep disease
At bay; if stopped, the germ returns within
Four weeks. It hides in certain blood cells, so
Must treat for life. The drugs are very dear.
There’s more than thirty million souls now need
These drugs for life, and governments will find
It hard to pay. So how to kill those last
Remaining hiding HIV? We know
From Boston stem cell transplants over-run
The patient’s own blood cells and hiding AIDS
Germs, so it seems. Will HIV return?
Too soon to say but drugs in these two men
Have now been stopped for fifteen weeks – it points
Towards a cure. Transplant themselves are oh
So risky – high mortality, but chink
In armour has been found. The drugs have saved
So many lives, and now there’s hope this scourge,
This fearsome plague will now one day be gone.