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Ole Sogaard

I can only agree that part of the Telegraph story, and in particular its title was misleading. Unfortunately, as a consequence, the following coverage in the media has been blown out of proportion. To set things straight, "we are not on brink of an HIV cure" and I can say for sure that I never said or insuated that we were. Like many others, I believe that a cure for HIV is an achievable goal but that it most likely will take many years, numerous basic science discoveries as well as phase 1/2 trials before it may actually be reached.

Richard Jefferys

Thank you for your comment Dr. Søgaard. I recognize that the media often does poorly when it comes to science generally, and the headline and subhead of the Daily Telegraph article were the most outrageously erroneous elements. But there were many egregious aspects of the story itself.

I now see that those aspects have all been corrected, which is excellent news. But it is a shame they don't seem to have toned down the title. It is also unlikely, unfortunately, that readers misled by the original piece will subsequently see the revised version. A particular concern is causing potential research participants to pay less attention to the risks associated with these early trials due to gaining the false impression that participation will lead them to be cured of HIV infection.

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